Tension at contact line does not bring resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict closer
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.19
By Anahanum Hidayatova - Trend:
Tension at the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops does not bring resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict closer, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Feb.19 at a briefing, the Russia 24 TV channel reported.
"All that's happening on the frontline is alarming and does not bring the conflict resolution process closer to the point all OSCE participating states aspire to," said Lukashevich.
He said that Russia's role in helping to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict is active, it is being made not only at the level of the co-chairs, but also in bilateral contacts.
Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 34 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Feb.19.
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 two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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