Ways of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement discussed in Brussels
Brussels, Dec. 9
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
The conflicts in the post-Soviet area, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, were discussed during the Forum of Young Leaders organized by the European Parliament in Brussels as part of the EU program "Eastern Partnership".
The forum participants, including young journalists, political analysts, researchers in the field of international relations and social sciences from the Eastern Partnership and the EU countries were informed about the nature of the conflict, the negotiations for its settlement and the current situation.
The discussion was held under the chairmanship of the well-known expert in the field of conflict transformation and peace building Natalya Mirimanova. She expressed regret that the EU is making insufficient efforts to resolve this problem.
She said that the EU must more actively participate in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"The longer any conflict remains unresolved, the more difficult is to solve it," she said.
The conflicts in the breakaway regions of Georgia, Transnistria, the situation in Crimea and eastern regions of Ukraine were also discussed during the forum.
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.
Elena Kosolapova is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @E_Kosolapova
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