Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27
By Anakhanum Idayatova - Trend:
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved by Azerbaijan and Armenia, said Vladimir Dorokhin, Russia's ambassador to Azerbaijan.
He made the remarks May 27 during the meeting with students of Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC).
"Those, who say that Russia can solve the conflict alone in 15 or 20 minutes, are mistaken," said Dorokhin.
He noted that Russia can only be a mediator in this issue.
"The necessary result cannot be achieved by any pressure on any side," said the diplomat. "It should be based on trust and only your countries can establish it."
The events of early April showed once again that how dangerous the current situation is, noted Dorokhin.
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.
"It has become clearer that peaceful resolution is the only reasonable way out," said the ambassador.
The conflict parties and the international community must draw the right conclusions from this, said Dorokhin adding that Russia will also draw conclusions and intensify the mediatory efforts.
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.
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