Former Latvian president: UN must appoint special representative for Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 13 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
The UN must appoint a special representative for the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the president of Latvia from 1999 to 2007 and special envoy to the UN Secretary General and Vice-Chairman of the Group of Experts on the long-term development of the European Union, told media in Baku today.
She said that the appointment of a special representative could accelerate the settlement of the conflict.
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 seven 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 negotiations to resolve the dispute.
Armenia has failed to implement UN Security Council resolutions stipulating the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.
Armenia must resolve the conflict through negotiations, Vike-Freiberga said Azerbaijan supports the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
Vike-Freiberga is on a visit to Baku and visited the Honorary Cemetery on Monday.