Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend A.Gasimova / The European Union is against the military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. "The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved in a peaceable way," Mark Fawcett, Political Adviser to EU Special Representative, Peter Semneby, told Trend on 8 November.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
"The EU fully supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group and will not do anything that contradicts or undermines their efforts," Fawcett said.
According to EU representative, the EU has several ways in which it can contribute to and support peace settlements, ranging confidence-building-measures to peacemaking. "Most of these have not been employed in the South Caucasus, in particular military peacekeeping. These use of these means remains a possibility, but only in support of a settlement and if all EU member states agree," Fawcett said.