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Obama ready to intensify efforts for comprehensive peace over Karabakh conflict

7 July 2016 11:38 (UTC+04:00)
Obama ready to intensify efforts for comprehensive peace over Karabakh conflict

By Laman İsmayilova

Long-simmering Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was on a focus of a telephone conversation between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 7.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict emerged as a result of Armenia's illegal territorial claims to neighboring Azerbaijan in 1988 has long been regarded as a tinderbox in the heart of the South Caucasus.

Obama discussed with Putin the June 20 meeting with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Serzh Sargsian of Armenia regarding the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"President Obama expressed his readiness to intensify efforts together with Russia and with France, as co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group, to achieve a comprehensive settlement to the conflict," according to a White House statement.

Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts - 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory - are under occupation of Armenia. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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