US State Department issues statement on Nagorno-Karabakh
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.4
US supports a negotiated settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Elizabeth Trudeau, spokeswoman of the US State Department, said during a briefing.
"We continue to engage actively with the sides. Our longstanding policy shared by the Minsk Group co-chairs is that a just settlement must be based on international law, which includes the Helsinki Final Act, the principle of non-use of force or the threat of force, territorial integrity", she 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.