German Foreign Office confirms Nagorno-Karabakh is Azerbaijani territory
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.19
German Federal Foreign Office has confirmed that Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan in terms of the international law, according to the message posted on the website of German Federal Foreign Office on Dec.19.
The country's Federal Foreign Office has spread information about the recent meeting of OSCE Minsk Group co-chars with the State Secretary of German Federal Foreign Office Stephan Steinlein on Dec.12.
Against the backdrop of the increasing risk of tension, the meeting between Minsk Group co-chairs and German state secretary was focused on the ways of political settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which has been continuing for over 20 years, said the message.
The sides also discussed the issues of creating trust between the conflicting sides and more active participation of the European Union in the conflict settlement process.
German Federal Foreign Office also confirmed the fact of occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia.
"Starting from 1992, OSCE Minsk Group has been leading the negotiations on the political settlement of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh - the territory of Azerbaijan in terms of the international law - occupied by Armenia," said the message.
"The co-chairs are holding negotiations with the conflicting sides - Armenia and Azerbaijan - on this issue," German Federal Foreign Office said. "Numerous negotiations have been held in recent months with participation of presidents of both countries."
At the same time, increase is observed in the number of deaths on the contact line of Armenian and Azerbaijani armies in 2014, said the message. "Moreover, an incident occurred with Armenian military helicopter shot down by Azerbaijan."
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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.