France committed to efforts on Karabakh conflict settlement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 3
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:
France, along with other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia and the United States - is committed to continuing efforts to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Harlem Désir, French secretary of state for European affairs.
He made the remarks Dec. 3 at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade, Serbia.
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.