Malena Mard: EU special rep’s visit to Baku constructive
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 27
By Anakhanum Hidayatova – Trend:
The visit of the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Herbert Salber was constructive and useful, Malena Mard, head of the EU delegation in Azerbaijan, told reporters Oct. 27 in Baku.
Mard said that within his mandate, the special representative supports peaceful settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and pays regular visits to Azerbaijan and Armenia.
It is important for the EU to have contact with both sides, she noted adding that the EU supports the peaceful solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group.
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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