US ambassador: Statement by presidents stresses importance of peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 26 May 2011 21:02 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan , Baku, May 26 /Trend, V.Zhavoronkova/

The statement by the presidents of the USA, Russia and France stressed the importance of the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza said Thursday.

"I have not yet read the text of the statement, but I think it is similar to previous ones. I can say that the very existence of that statement says about how closely the Presidents Barack Obama of the U.S., Dimitry Medvedev of Russia and Nicolas Sarkozy of France are watching what is happening in the process of peace talks on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The statement reiterates that there is nothing more important than making maximum efforts within the OSCE Minsk Group in the negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peaceful settlement," Bryza told reporters Thursday during presentation of "The Great Theft" by Khaled Abou El Fadl, as well as its translation into Azerbaijani.

The Presidents of the U.S, Russia and France called on the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders to demonstrate the political will and to finalize the work over the basic principles [of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict] during the upcoming Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in June.

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.