US urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to take steps to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 30
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
The US continues to encourage the sides to take constructive steps to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki told reporters, the Department of State website said.
"The sides can build on the momentum generated during the presidents' three meetings this year," she said.
Psaki said that the sides must adopt the measures that build trust and confidence and certainly that can be done through dialogue.
"US Secretary of State John Kerry also had meetings with Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan in Wales," she said. "And they can also enter into a genuine negotiation process to advance a peaceful and lasting settlement to the conflict. So certainly, we would encourage that through dialogue."
A joint meeting of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group took place in Paris October 27, the official website of the Azerbaijani president said earlier.
The meeting took place at the initiative of French President Francois Hollande. Then there was a meeting of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan.
Thereafter, a joint meeting of French President Francois Hollande, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group took place.
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.
Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.