Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran call for rapid settlement of Karabakh conflict (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 5
Foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey - Elmar Mammadyarov, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed the need for speedy settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, read a declaration adopted by the FMs on Apr. 5
The declaration was adopted following a trilateral meeting in the Iranian city of Ramsar.
The parties stressed the common interest in promoting peace and stability in the region, according to the declaration.
In this aspect, they also emphasized their commitments on respecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders in line with the norms and principles of international law, says the declaration.
The three FMs also stressed the commitment to prevent the use of their territories for threats and activity of individuals or groups against each other.
The parties also agreed to develop and strengthen cooperation in economic and humanitarian areas.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.