Sides of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict need to establish dialogue - Secretary General of Council of Europe
The Council of Europe fully supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group and activities of the co-chairs in the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE), Thorbjørn Jagland said at a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Yerevan, News.am Armenian news website said.
"I would urge the [two] sides not to miss the opportunities for dialogue," Thorbjørn Jagland said.
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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.