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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 7
By Leman Zeynalova – Trend:
The US fully supports the peaceful settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the US State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget Brink said in a press conference in Baku Feb. 7.
Brink said the conflict has lasted for more than 20 years, which is a long period.
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are in Baku to discuss the issue, she stressed.
Brink added that the US stands for peaceful settlement of the conflict.
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.