Baku – APA. The April events in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone claimed many lives, but neither of the sides should accuse the other, US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick said on Tuesday at a press conference in Yerevan, according to news.am.
Warlick said we need to realize that the April events show that the Karabakh peace talks are of great importance.
According to the US diplomat, the situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops is relatively calm after the April events, and this is an important foundation for the talks they wish to launch.
He added that they believe that the respect for the ceasefire will be maintained. He stated that he believes this is a result of the arrangement made between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Warlick expressed confidence that there will come a time when the expansion of the mission by Andrzej Kasprzyk, the Personal Representative to the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office will become an important step in the right direction.
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
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.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.