Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.29 / Trend, V. Zhavoronkova/
The U.S. always says there is no military solution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the only way to resolve the conflict should be peaceful negotiations between the both sides, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Bryza said at a press conference in Baku on Thursday.
"We always say there is no military solution to the conflict, and the only way to resolve the conflict should be peacefully negotiations between the both sides," Bryza said.
Bryza believes that there will be progress when the presidents meet again.
He said the U.S. has never voted against Azerbaijani territorial integrity in the UN.
"Territorial integrity has to be one of the cornerstones of the conflict settlement. It is one of the principles, which are non-use of force, self-determination and territorial integrity."
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.