Baku, Azerbaijan, May 1
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
The European Union doesn't recognize the constitutional and legal framework within which it is planned to hold the "parliamentary election" in Nagorno-Karabakh, the organization said in its official statement May 1.
The "results" of this "election" cannot affect the determination of the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh or impact on the negotiation process, said the statement.
The EU firmly supports the OSCE Minsk Group, and its co-chairs' efforts to bring about comprehensive peace negotiations, said the statement. "The EU stands ready to further support efforts, aimed at early peaceful resolution of the conflict."
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.
Edited by SI
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