EU hopes to find swift solution to Nagorno Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 7 / Trend, E.Mehdiyev /
The European Union hopes to find a swift solution to Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Roland Kobia said at a press conference in Baku on Wednesday.
"We are now working with the OSCE Minsk Group in order to propose new initiatives, in order to support the work of the Minsk Group and hopefully to find a swift solution to this long-lasting problem," he said.
At the same time Kobia reminded about High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton's visit to Azerbaijan a few months ago, during which she expressed her readiness to the President for the EU to be more active in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
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 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.