OSCE MG: Main principle of Nagorno-Karabakh settlement - territorial integrity
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 9
The most important elements of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement should be considered as a whole, the OSCE Minsk Group Russian Co-Chair Igor Popov said at a press conference held in Yerevan Saturday, Armenian web site news.am reported.
"There are proposals of the Co-Chairs. There are several versions, but all of them are based on three principles and six elements, which the presidents of co-chairing countries have repeatedly talked about," Popov said.
He noted that one of the main principles of the settlement is the territorial integrity.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.
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.