OSCE MG Co-chair: U.S. to continue efforts for peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict
The U.S. will continue to do everything possible for a peaceful settlement of the Karabagh conflict, the new U.S Co-Chair of OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassador James Warlick said at a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan, Novosti-Armenia reported with the reference to the Armenian Foreign Ministry press service.
During the meeting the parties discussed the details of the negotiation process on Karabakh.
Nalbandyan congratulated Warlick on his appointment stressing that Armenia highly appreciates the successive mediation efforts of the U.S. and other co-chair countries such as Russia and France, aimed at a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.
The Armenian Foreign Minister expressed the hope that Warlick's extensive diplomatic experience and level of professional training will serve this purpose.
Nalbandyan stressed that Armenia is in accord with the OSCE MG co-chairs in the decision of a peaceful settlement of the conflict on the basis of the Minsk Group principles and components.
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.