"International Community Must Make More Efforts to Solve Frozen Conflicts" – EU Chairman

Politics Materials 18 July 2008 15:56 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 July / Trend corr R.Novruzov/ Chairman of the European Union (EU) calls on international community to make more efforts to solve frozen conflicts.

"International community must make more efforts to solve frozen conflicts in Central Asia, Afghanistan and South Caucasus and to support OSCE operation in Kosovo," French Foreign Minister, EU Chairman Bernard Kouchner said.

As to frozen regional conflicts, Kouchner said situation in Georgia is aggravating day by day. "We must be more innovative and dynamic," he said.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is also a frozen one. 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 peace negotiations.