NATO hopes for positive change in Karabakh peace process, Gottemoeller says

NATO hopes for positive change in Karabakh peace process, Gottemoeller says
# 18 December 2017 09:40 (UTC +04:00)

NATO hopes for a positive change in the process of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller said during a meeting at the Yerevan State University, APA reported citing Interfax.

She noted that the settlement of the conflict will positively affect the entire region.

The NATO official also welcomed the last meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers.

“We are very glad to see recent high level diplomatic efforts and hope that it will get there soon,” added Gottemoeller.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.

A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.

The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.

Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.

Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.

Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.

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