Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 25
By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:
It is necessary to increase not the activity, but efficiency in the process of negotiations on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing Jan. 25.
In addition, Zakharova noted that the OSCE chairperson-in-office, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, will be on a working visit to Russia on Feb. 1.
She added that during the meeting, it is planned to discuss assistance in the settlement of regional conflicts in the OSCE area, including the South Caucasus.
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.