Armenia and Azerbaijan have good will to solve Karabakh problem peacefully – Russian president
YEREVAN, August 11. /ARKA/. Armenia and Azerbaijan have the good will for settling Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully, Russian president Vladimir Putin said at his meeting with the Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliev.
The key thing is - there is no bigger tragedy than loss of human lives, Putin said, as cited by Novosti-Armenia referring to RIA Novosti.
“Any complicated situation can be resolved if there is good will, which, I believe, is there on both Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples’ sides”, the Russian president said. –0—
Azerbaijan has largely intensified its military efforts along the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) since the end of July. Over 25 Azerbaijani and six Karabakh servicemen were killed in the latest raid operations and attempts by Azerbaijani troops to attack Karabakh’s positions.
The Karabakh conflict started in 1988 when prevailingly Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh declared withdrawal from Azerbaijan. On December 10, 1991, a referendum was held in Nagorno-Karabakh where 99.89% voted for independence from Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan responded by large-scale military operations that led to loss of control not only over Nagorno-Karabakh itself, but also over seven adjoining areas. About 25-30 thousand people were killed and about a million had to leave their homes during the military operations.
A trilateral cease-fire agreement was signed on May 12, 2004, and has been followed since then.
The ongoing Karabakh peace process started in 1992 under auspices of OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the USA, Russia and France. –0—