EU ready to assist in the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement - Miroslav Lajcak
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 15 /Trend, A.Gasimova/
The EU is ready to enter into the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh, said Miroslav Lajcak, head of the European Service of Foreign Affairs of the EU in Russia, Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans.
"Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the conflict where the EU is not involved directly, but at the same time, we understand that at this stage to make it is difficult , so we will support the OSCE Minsk Group in their work" - Lajcak said at a hearing Wednesday in the European Parliament .
According to him, the EU has very extensive experience in conflict resolution, and therefore support the organization of OSCE Minsk Group will be weighty. In particular, according to Lajcak this role of EU can do new EU representative in the region, waiting for his appointment this year.
"The conflict must be resolved through peaceful means, the EU, in turn, will have their assistance in the rehabilitation of post conflict areas and in building and maintaining confidence between the parties" - said Lajcak.
Unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict affects the EU and also problem of the EU - Lajcak added .
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 the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.