Bulgaria president: Karabakh conflict can be settled only through peaceful means
- 12 February 2018
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be solved through exclusively peaceful means, President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev said during his visit to Armenia, APA reports citing news.am.
“Bulgaria has a clear position: the conflict should be solved peacefully under the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group and with the assistance of the EU,” Radev said during a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan.
He highlighted the importance of an active dialogue between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“Dialogue should be based less on emotions and more on wisdom,” Radev said, adding that Bulgaria during the presidency of the EU Council will assist in the implementation of this position.
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.