EU has ideas for Karabakh settlement, yet prefers to keep silent

EU has ideas for Karabakh settlement, yet prefers to keep silent

PanARMENIAN.Net - Positive trend in the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be continued, Latvian Foreign Minister said addressing the 20th meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, APA reported.

Edgars Rinkēvičs welcomed the intensification of negotiations on the settlement of the conflict. The minister called on the parties to avoid militant rhetoric and take confidence-building measures.

As Philippe Lefort, European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia told joirnalists after the meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, current dynamics of the Karabakh settlement talks and possible EU support in the process was discussed.

He did not speak about the confidence-building measures between Azerbaijan and Armenia planned by the EU. "We have some ideas, we're discussing them. I wouldn't like to speak about it now," he said.

Asked about the EU's participation and role in organizing the meetings of the representatives of Azerbaijani and Armenian communities, Philippe Lefort said EU taking every effort to support such meetings.

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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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