Foreign minister of Pridnestrovie wishes prompt de-escalation to Karabakh people
YEREVAN, August 7. /ARKA/. Deputy head of Pridnestrovie Moldova Republic on international cooperation and head of the foreign ministry Nina Shtanski wished prompt de-escalation to Karabakh people in her telephone talk with the foreign minister of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Karen Mirzoyan, the official website of Pridnestrovie foreign ministry reported.
The phone conversation took place yesterday. The sides exchanged views on the current situation in the countries. Shtanski expressed her concern over the recent escalation and deaths in NKR, says the report.
NKR’s foreign minister asked questions about the situation at Pridnestrovie-Ukraine border and the socioeconomic development of the country.
Azerbaijan intensified largely its military efforts along the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) over the last days. Over 25 Azerbaijani and five 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 thousands 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—