Donald Tusk: Karabakh conflict needs only political settlement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 6
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict does not have a military solution and needs only political settlement in accordance with international law, said President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
He was making joint statement for the press with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev who is on a visit to Brussels, Belgium on Feb. 6.
Tusk pointed out that the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unsustainable.
The EU continues to fully support the mediation efforts and proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group, he added.
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.