Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 6
By Saba Agayeva - Trend:
The EU calls for promoting the dialogue between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh to achieve confidence between the sides, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Philippe Lefort said at a meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported today.
"The EU is ready to support the sides in peace achievement," Lefort said.
Mammadyarov informed Lefort about the negotiations on the Armenian-Azerbaijani 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.
The meeting was held as part of the OSCE Ministerial meeting in Kiev.