Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow making great efforts to resolve Karabakh conflict
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 4
Russia is making great efforts to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Mariya Zakharova, spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters in Yerevan July 4, Aysor.am reported.
To that end, she said, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is holding bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the meeting of Collective Security Treaty Organization’s Council of Foreign Ministers.
“We are making great efforts so that the settlement [of the conflict] would bring success,” said Zakharova.
The meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s Council of Foreign Ministers is underway in Yerevan.
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.