Baku, Azerbaijan, May 12
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed hope for progress in the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency cited May 12 the congratulatory message to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the occasion of his election to the post of prime minister.
Guterres added that the UN resolutely and consistently supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through peaceful negotiations.
"I hope that during this sensitive period for the process of peaceful settlement, these efforts will be more effective and will lead to positive results that will help establish lasting peace and ensure prosperity for all the peoples of the South Caucasus," the message says.
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.