Moscow. Farid Akbarov - APA. No military action can contribute to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a weekly press conference on Thursday, APA’s correspondent reported from Moscow.
Asked about the possible resumption of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, Zakharova noted that no military action can contribute to resolution of conflicts, including Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement.
“This refers generally to the theory and practice of international relations and political-diplomatic settlement,” she added.
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 OSCE 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, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.