Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
NATO can help to resolve the current problems in the region, including the frozen conflicts, Romanian President Traian Basescu said while speaking at the Romanian parliament on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the country's accession to NATO.
The frozen conflicts in Transnistria, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, as well as in Crimea are a test for NATO's capacity to bring stability and security to the region, including the capacity to ensure Europe's energy security, according to the president, Romania's actmedia.eu news agency reported on April 3.
"In this situation there is no other way than to use NATO's capabilities to address threats. In order to have stability in Europe, we should avoid the grey areas and an ambiguous approach," the head of state said.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia 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.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.