Russia, France should work together to settle Karabakh conflict
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 6
Russia and France should work together on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement, says the Russian Federation Council’s report titled "Russia-France: Parliamentary Vision of the Future”, according to RIA Novosti.
“The atmosphere in Europe and the world in many cases depends on the level of confidence between Russia and France,” the report says. “But it should be admitted that the future of Russian-French relations depends on an independent policy of France in Europe and on international arena.”
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.