Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Agayeva / EU does not consider Kosovo model may be a precedent for other conflicts.
"Determination of Kosovo's status is individual and cannot be a precedent for settlement of other conflicts, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," EU Commissioner for External Relations Ms Benita Ferrera-Waldner said to Trend.
An EU representative Wolfgang Ishinger recently said at the negotiations on Kosovo status that the West does not rule out that Kosovo may be divided into at least two administrative and territorial units.
"EU's position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict is clear - we support the mediatory efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group and encourage Azerbaijan and Armenia to completely use its potential for peaceful negotiations," she said.
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.
According to Waldner, the European Commission calls on the sides to support the measures intended for creation of trust and she is ready to render assistance in reconstruction of Nagorno-Karabakh in case the sides come to an agreement.
"It is necessary now for the sides to undertake settlement of the problem through talks," she said.