Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 23
By Ali Mustafayev - Trend:
The US will continue the work on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta told reporters in Baku on Feb. 23.
The US continues to focus on the work of the OSCE Minsk Group in order to achieve peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the ambassador said.
Cekuta noted that recently, in anticipation of the OSCE co-chairs’ visit to the region, the US co-chair of the OSCE visited Azerbaijan and met with Azerbaijani officials, as well as with IDPs living in the Masazir district.
All these meetings are aimed at finding a way out of the situation, Cekuta said.
The US is committed to the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and one of the main tasks of the US is that the parties to the conflict reach compromise, he noted.
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.