Baku, Azerbaijan, June 30
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a cause of concern for many politicians in Washington, including me, New Jersey Republican Congressman Christopher Smith said on June 29.
"Despite no positive advance as a result of the OSCE Minsk Group's activity, the sides must continue negotiations," he said.
While responding to a question related to the U.S fast response on the Ukrainian issue, but no progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Smith said that Ukraine's issue was in sight because U.S. TV channels broadcast information about the occupation of the Crimea every day.
Smith added that the U.S. authorities actively support the Minsk Group's activity on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
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.