Rus­sia wel­comes all pos­i­tive trends in Nagorno-Karabakh set­tle­ment

Azer News - - Nation - By Kamila Aliyeva

Rus­sia wel­comes all the pos­i­tive trends in the Nagorno-Karabakh set­tle­ment process, Spokesman for the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry Maria Zakharova said at a press con­fer­ence on Oc­to­ber 4.

“We wel­come all the pos­i­tive trends that have emerged. It is im­por­tant now to de­velop them and not to in­jure with care­less rhetoric. For our part, we will pro­vide all the nec­es­sary as­sis­tance to these pos­i­tive trends,” she said.

The pos­i­tive trends ob­served re­cently con­cern the re­cent con­ver­sa­tion held be­tween Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev and Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter Nikol Pashinyan. This meet­ing be­came a source of pos­i­tiv­ity and re­gained faith that the ne­go­ti­a­tions on the set­tle­ment of the long-last­ing con­flict may fi­nally bring re­sult.

Ear­lier, the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry, com­ment­ing on this is­sue, said that the talks will con­trib­ute to the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

“Rus­sia wel­comes any agree­ments aimed at achiev­ing set­tle­ment of the con­flict. We hope that the con­ver­sa­tion held in Dushanbe will con­trib­ute to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this task,” the min­istry said, adding that, as one of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Rus­sia is ready to pro­vide the nec­es­sary me­di­a­tion as­sis­tance to Azer­bai­jan and Ar­me­nia

Rus­sia has al­ways played a very ac­tive role in the set­tle­ment of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict and along with the U.S. and France is a co-chair coun­try of the OSCE Minsk Group, which spear­heads the OSCE’s ef­forts to find a peace­ful so­lu­tion to the con­flict.

The two coun­tries fought a lengthy war that ended with sign­ing 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.

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.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions for a peace­ful set­tle­ment of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict are still un­der­way within the frame­work of the OSCE Minsk Group. Azer­bai­jan in­sists on main­tain­ing its ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, Ar­me­nia de­fends the in­ter­ests of the un­rec­og­nized Nagorno-Karabakh Repub­lic. Un­til now, 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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