Romanian FM: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution important for region’s stability and economic development
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.16 / Trend /
Romania supports the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group based on international law, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said following a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan on Wednesday, NEWS.am reported.
"This issue concerns both sides, and we do not intend to interfere in this matter. We have to respect international norms and our desire - to see a peaceful resolution reached by the two sides, since the resolution of the problem is very important in terms of long-term stability and economic development of the region," he 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 per cent 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 the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.