Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. US Secretary of State John Kerry is committed to working with Azerbaijan and Armenia for a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the US co-chair of the OSCE MG James Warlick said at a press conference in Baku Oct. 22.
Kerry held fruitful talks with the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia within the NATO meeting a few month ago, the co-chair recalled.
According to him, the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is in the interest of every nation in the region.
Washington’s commitment to this issue should not be questioned, said Warlick, calling on the parties to demonstrate a commitment to a peaceful resolution.
“I personally spoke with President Ilham Aliyev, who expressed his commitment to the negotiation process and the principles of a peaceful settlement,” said the co-chair. “President Aliyev is ready to further consider the proposals at the negotiating table.”
At the meetings in Vienna and St. Petersburg, the presidents showed their commitments, he said, adding that there are interesting ideas for discussion.
“We are ready to discuss them and we will discuss it,” said Warlick.
He added that in Baku and Yerevan the co-chairs will discuss the date and place of the presidents’ next meeting.
“We welcome President Aliyev’s readiness for the meeting. It’s not easy to organize such meetings, but they are important and fruitful,” said the US co-chair.
“The time for peace is now, if not now then when? I believe this day will come. But through peaceful negotiations. You and your children deserve a peaceful solution to the conflict. Two people deserve to live in peace in the neighborhood,” added Warlick.
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 Dec.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.