NATO hopes for positive dynamics in Karabakh conflict settlement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller hopes for positive dynamics in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian media reported.
The solution of the problem will positively affect the whole region, Gottemoeller said at the Yerevan State University within the 'NATO Week' event there.
She added that NATO is satisfied with the diplomatic efforts made, and hopes that they will soon yield results.
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.