UK urges Karabakh conflict sides to avoid steps that can escalate tension
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
The UK appealed to the sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to avoid steps that would escalate tension along the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, according to a message posted by the British Embassy in Armenia on its Facebook page.
The message said the UK supports the statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs expressing concern over the downing of a helicopter near the line of contact.
The UK also urged both sides to respect ceasefire and work towards peace.
An Armenian Mi-24 military helicopter flying 1700 meters northeast of the Kengerli village of Azerbaijan's Aghdam district attacked the Azerbaijani army positions on Nov. 12.
The helicopter was shot down by the Azerbaijani side. The wreckage of the downed helicopter fell on an area located 500 meters away from the frontline.
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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by SI