Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.3
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
Russia is interested in the effectiveness of the OSCE’s work in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a joint press conference with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger in Moscow Nov. 3.
“Russia is interested in the OSCE’s more active and effective work in the Transnistrian direction, in what concerns the Geneva discussions on stability in the Transcaucasia and in the Balkans. We also point out that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, along with the sides, play main role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement,” he said.
Greminger, for his part, noted the necessity to re-establish dialogue in the OSCE space, adding this will require the sincere efforts of all parties.
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.