Baku, Azerbaijan, May 20
President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA) Ilkka Kanerva urged the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) to the joint efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, RIA Novosti reported May 20.
"I would like to invite all colleagues of the IPA CIS jointly make efforts to find a global peaceful solution and an end to the conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group," said Kanerva.
He pointed to the growth of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Unfortunately, the number of deaths is increasing, noted Kanerva.
"We unite our hopes that the number of victims would decrease and the parties would sit down to talk," he added.
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.
Edited by SI