Baku, Azerbaijan, May 6
By Azad Hasanli - Trend:
The US sees the work on the great peace agreement on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as important, the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta told reporters May 6.
Cekuta said the OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairs are in talks with the sides of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to start working on the great peace agreement.
The ambassador said he believes that at this stage it is very important to adhere to the ceasefire and refrain from steps that could make the situation tenser.
Cekuta noted that the situation is kept in the limelight by the US Secretary of State John Kerry.
At the same time, the US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick is making every effort to reduce tensions and reach a peaceful agreement, he said.
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.