Full involvement of Karabakh in talks and Baku’s renunciation of aggressive policy key conditions for peace process

Full involvement of Karabakh in talks and Baku’s renunciation of aggressive policy key conditions for peace process

STEPANAKERT, December 18. /ARKA/. Restarting talks with full involvement of Stepanakert and renouncing Azerbaijan’s aggressive and destructive policy are the key preconditions for the peace process, president of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Bako Sahakyan said at his meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs. 

The meeting of the president with the Co-Chairs Igor Popov (Russia), Jacques Faure (France), James Warlick (USA) and the accompanying participants took place in Stepanakert Tuesday. A number of issues on the peace process and regional matters were discussed at the meeting.

The sides stressed the importance of finding a peaceful solution to the conflict and ruling out use of force, according to the report.

The meeting was attended by NKR’s foreign minister Karen Mirzoyan, personal representative to OSCE chairman-in-office Andjey Kasprshik and other officials.

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-

11:32 18.12.2013

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