U.S., Russia discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 30 March 2012 09:48 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 30 / Trend, E.Tariverdiyeva /

State Secretary - Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Grigory Karasin discussed the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon in Geneva, Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

During the meeting, the sides also exchanged views on relationship of Russia and the United States with the CIS states. In addition, the sides discussed topics of the Geneva discussions on Transcaucasia and the Transnistrian conflict settlement, the report says.

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.