Armenian president: Crises and conflicts should be resolved by peaceful means
Armenia's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains unchanged, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a joint news conference with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday, Vesti reported.
"We proceed from the fact that crises and conflicts should be resolved exclusively, I repeat, extremely by peaceful means, without the use of force or its threat," Sargsyan said.
According to him, the international law must strictly be followed in those formats that exist and have recently been applied in practice.
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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.