Lithuania to try stimulating Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 7 / Trend, S. Agayeva /
Lithuania has always advocated and is advocating now for the EU to take a more serious and more significant role in the conflict settlement, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Lithuanian ambassador to the Eastern Partnership Vaidotas Verba told the media in Baku.
"The EU must not remain indifferent to the situation in neighboring regions," he said. "As co-chairmen of the EU, we will do everything we need to. We will stimulate this issue and take all steps that may lead to the conflict's settlement."
He added that the declaration may be adopted within the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November, which will reflect a position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"If such a declaration is adopted, it will be because of Lithuania," 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 comprising 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.