EU rep: Karabakh conflict settlement intensifies (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 26
By Anakhanum Hidayatova – Trend:
The diplomatic activity is observed around the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Herbert Salber, EU special representative for the South Caucasus on a visit to Baku, said in an exclusive interview with Trend October 26.
Salber positively assessed his visit to Azerbaijan. He added that the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement was discussed during a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev October 25.
"During this visit, I would like to visit another place close to the line of contact of Azerbaijan and Armenian troops and meet with internally displaced people living in that area,” he added. “During my previous visits, I met with internally displaced people living in Baku and near the city."
He went on to add that Russia is very active in drawing proposals and discussions on the Karabakh issue, although it has not yet resulted in a breakthrough.
“On the other hand, we can see that the speaking process is going on."
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.