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German FM: Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict poses significant danger

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 29 October 2011 12:32
Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Guido Westerwelle met with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian on Friday, the German Foreign Ministry reported.
German FM: Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict poses significant danger

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 29 / Trend , E.Ismayilov /

Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Guido Westerwelle met with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian on Friday, the German Foreign Ministry reported.

The sides considered bilateral and regional issues, particularly the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Westerwelle once again urged the parties to the conflict to reach a compromise. He believes the status quo poses a significant threat to escalate the conflict and further measures should be urgently taken to build confidence.

Both ministers agreed that the OSCE Minsk Group plays a central role in negotiations and the process could be further supported by the EU in the future.

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 and the surrounding regions.

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