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Mard: Status quo unacceptable in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

7 April 2017 11:40 (UTC+04:00)
Mard: Status quo unacceptable in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

By Rashid Shirinov

The position of the European Union on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is well-known ­– the status quo is unacceptable, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Malena Mard told journalists on April 7.

She added that the EU supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group on the settlement of the conflict.

The EU, which is not directly involved in the conflict resolution, has repeatedly stated that the status quo is unacceptable and supports diplomatic settlement of the conflict within the framework of the Minsk Group. The peace talks have been largely fruitless so far despite the efforts of the MG co-chair countries over 20 years.

Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a lengthy war that ended with the signing of a fragile ceasefire in 1994. Since the war, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.

Armenia ignores four UN Security Council resolutions on immediate withdrawal from the occupied territory of Azerbaijan, thus keeping tension high in the region.

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

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