US lauds Azerbaijan’s input into peacemaking in Afghanistan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 31
The US highly appreciates Azerbaijan's contribution to peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, as well as the restoration work there, Michael Carpenter, United States deputy assistant secretary of defense, said in Baku Oct. 31.
Carpenter was addressing a meeting with Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Ministry told Trend.
He also highly appreciated the provision of transit possibilities for the US and allies by Azerbaijan.
The parties exchanged views on the two countries' cooperation in defense, counter-terrorism and peacekeeping operations.
Azerbaijan’s foreign minister informed Carpenter about negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution and said Armenia pursues its unconstructive policy and resorts to various provocations.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.