By Rashid Shirinov
A number of existing conflicts, including Nagorno-Karabakh, currently pose a threat to the security not only in the South Caucasus, but in the whole European Union, Georgian Premier Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said on April 20.
He made the remark at the 4th South Caucasus Security Forum taking place in Tbilisi.
“The international community should pay a special attention to these issues and the conflicts should be resolved in the nearest time,” stressed Kvirikashvili.
Head of the Foreign Policy Analysis Department at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan Javid Valiyev, who also attended the conference, provided extensive information about conflicts in the South Caucasus, particularly about the Karabakh conflict.
He brought to the attention of the audience the position of Baku on this issue.
Valiyev noted that events of April 2016 on the line of contact between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops once again showed that Azerbaijan is able to liberate its territory from the occupation in a short time.
“However, Baku is a supporter of peace and therefore advocates the settlement of the conflict through peaceful negotiations,” he said.
For more than two decades Armenia and Azerbaijan are in a state of war following Yerevan’s aggression, ethnic cleansing policy and illegal territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenia keeps under control over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions in a brutal war in the early 1990s.
Despite a fragile ceasefire agreement signed in 1994, Armenia keeps violating armistice with Azerbaijan.
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