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EU envoy: Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unsustainable

3 March 2017 11:31 (UTC+04:00)
EU envoy: Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unsustainable

By Rashid Shirinov

Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard said that the status quo is unsustainable in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mard, talking to reporters in Baku on March 3, expressed the EU’s support for the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group.

While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only mediator in resolution of the conflict, the occupation of the territory of the sovereign State with its internationally recognized boundaries has been left out of due attention of the international community for years.

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. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Armenia still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan's territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.

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Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov

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