RUSSIAN FM: NAGORNO-KARABAKH SETTLEMENT UNDERSTANDING REACHED IN 2011

Trend
Dec 28 2011
Azerbaijan

It was possible to reach an understanding on several key aspects of the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2011, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Meetings of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian
President Serzh Sargsyan with the involvement of Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev were held in Sochi (March) and Kazan (June)aimed
at promoting the peacekeeping activity in the post-Soviet area,"
the Russian Foreign Ministry's report Main foreign policy events in
2011 said when published on the official Ministry website.' It was
possible to reach an understanding on several key aspects of the
Nagorno-Karabakh settlement'.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno- Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. -
are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions