China calls for restraint on contact line between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Qin Gang commented on the skirmish on the line of contact between Armenia and Azerbaijan June 18, Xinhua news agency reported.
"China has consistently taken a clear position on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue", Qin Gang said.
He added that China hopes that the disputes will be resolved peacefully.
Stressing that there is no change in the position of China, he expressed hope that concerned parties will show enough political wisdom to find a solution through negotiation and dialogue.
Such results are in the interests of Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as peace and stability in the region, he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.