EU can contribute to the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - Polish FM
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 28 /Trend/
The EU is interested in the peaceful settlement of conflicts in South Caucasus, including the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In an interview with Armenpress Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said that despite the fact that the Minsk group remains the basic format of international mediation in the settlement of the conflict, EU could also contribute to the peace process, giving impulse to the negotiations.
"The mandate of the EU Special Representative for South Caucasus and Georgia in crisis Philippe Lefort includes the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. EU policy on the improvement and expansion of democratic territories for an extended period, which is realized through association agreements and free trade zones, may also have positive influence on the settlement of conflicts in South Caucasus ", - noted Sikorski.
The conflict 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.
The second summit of the "Eastern Partnership" will begin its work tomorrow in Warsaw with the participation of leaders of European organizations, Heads of State and Government of the EU "Eastern Partnership".