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OSCE Special Representative: Resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 6 September 2011 14:50
The OSCE stresses the need for political will, strengthening the cease-fire regime, investigating skirmishes on the Line of Contact to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, OSCE special representative Giedrius Cekuolis said in an interview with Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.
OSCE Special Representative: Resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.6 / Trend /

The OSCE stresses the need for political will, strengthening the cease-fire regime, investigating skirmishes on the Line of Contact to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, OSCE special representative Giedrius Cekuolis said in an interview with Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.

"This is our position: political will and then a few confidence-building measures. We are living in the 21st century and so only a negotiated solution of the conflict is possible. I'm not an expert on military things, but it is clear that war will not resolve this conflict," Cekuolis said.

He said the OSCE welcomes very much the efforts made by the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, also backed by U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

"So we look somehow that the nations should somehow find the compromise in this settlement. But a settlement is really possible," Cekuolis 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 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 peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.

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