Steinmeier: Karabakh conflict still dangerous, talks needed
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 8
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva – Trend:
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is concerned over the recent developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German foreign minister.
He was addressing the opening of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains dangerous and it is necessary to hold negotiations to find a solution to this conflict, said Steinmeier, adding that in April, there was an escalation in the conflict zone, which shows that there is a danger of re-ignition of the conflict.
He noted that the humanitarian aspects of the conflict’s resolution are also important.
Steinmeier added that ceasefire must be consolidated in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and that there is need to start negotiations on a political solution.
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.