Appointment of new Special Representative of the EU in the South Caucasus will help solve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - Peter Semneby
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 15 /Trend, A.Gasimova/
Appointment of new Special Representative of the European Union in the South Caucasus in early September, will help solve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, says former EU Special Representative for South Caucasus Peter Semneby.
Semneby served as special representative for five years. There is no information about exactly who will take his post. The appointment is expected in early September.
"Every conflict is unique, and the Nagorno-Karabakh as well.
The conflict must be resolved through peaceful means based on the principles of international law and the appointment of a new EU Special Representative will assist the settlement "- Semneby said at hearings on Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday in the European Parliament.
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.