Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 28 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
Latvia hopes for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be resolved peacefully within the proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group, Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis told media in Baku today.
"We hope and insist on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means within the Minsk Group's proposals," Dombrovskis 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 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.
Latvian Prime Minister leads a large delegation of around 80 entrepreneurs who took part in the Azerbaijani-Latvian business forum today.
Dombrovskis said at the forum that the political dialogue between Azerbaijan and Latvia promotes the development of economic relations between the two countries. The purpose of his visit, which will last until November 30, is to expand bilateral cooperation and to attract new investments.