Special representative: Lithuania, as OSCE chairman, contributes to Minsk Group's efforts to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 19 / Trend /
Lithuania, as OSCE chairman, fully supports the efforts of the Minsk Group to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, special representative on protracted conflicts of the OSCE Chairman Giedrius Cekuolis said in an interview with "168 Zham", News.am. reported.
He said that Lithuania, as OSCE chairman, is closely working with the Minsk Group on this issue. "I am confident that we will continue to work together to achieve settlement of the conflict", Cekuolis said. But he refused from commenting the resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh in the Lithuanian Seimas, as it has not been adopted yet.
"The conflicts in the South Caucasus hamper the development of the region. We call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to find rapid ways to resolve the conflict on the basis of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Act. The peaceful settlement of the conflict has no alternative. Lithuania, as OSCE chairman, intends to call on the sides to re- reaffirm their commitment to non-violent solution of the problem, " 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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding region