U.S. TO CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE SETTLEMENT OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONFLICT

Trend, Azerbaijan
Dec 5 2013

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 5

By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

The U.S. is encouraged by the resumption of the dialogue between
Azerbaijan and Armenia, which is critical in achieving progress
in ending the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the U.S. Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Eric Rubin said
on Dec. 5 in Baku.

"As a Minsk Group Co-chair country we will continue to do everything
we can to further the chances in achieving settlement, furthermore
we will try do everything we can in coming year to help settle the
conflict," Rubin said.

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 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.


From: Baghdasarian