Lavrov urges for approximation of positions in Karabakh settlement

Lavrov urges for approximation of positions in Karabakh settlement

PanARMENIAN.Net - Unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area continue to create problems for the organization, Russian Foreign Minister said addressing the 20th meeting of OSCE Ministerial Council, APA reports.

Sergei Lavrov noted that Russia continues to support dialogue for the resolution of the Transnistrian conflict: “Meanwhile, Russia and other co-chairing countries of the OSCE Minsk Group continue efforts to bring closer the positions of the conflicting parties in resolving the Nagorno Karabakh issue, while adhering to the principles previously proposed by the Presidents of the co-chairing countries.”

Russian Minister emphasized the importance of protecting stability in the South Caucasus. He recalled that Russia proposed a draft document on basic principles of elimination of conflicts and crises in the OSCE area 4 years ago: “This draft document is still on the table and we believe its adoption is very important.”

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing the latter launched in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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