Baku, Azerbaijan, June 2
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
The U.S. Department of State has called on Azerbaijan and Armenia to redouble their efforts on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
"As a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, we remain committed to helping the parties reach a peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Psaki said, adding that the sides should focus on the benefits that peace would bring to people across the region.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.
Edited by C.N.