Russia does not want new war in Karabakh - Warlick
YEREVAN, August 11. /ARKA/. The OSCE Minsk Group US Co-Chair James Warlick believes Russia is not interested in renewed clashes in Karabakh.
Today Russia has problems at its own borders and is not interested in new clashed, Warlick said in his interview to the Voice of America, according to Armenian service of Radio Liberty.
"We work efficiently with the Russian side, and I am sure that Russia is not interested in new challenges. We are also interested in peaceful resolution of the conflict as the South Caucasus countries are our partners, and we are interested in peace and stability in the region," Warlick said.
Asked if the parties are willing to hold talks, Warlick said the sides want to find a peaceful settlement, according to the report.
Warlick said everything possible should be done for facilitating the peace process, but the willingness of both presidents is required.
“None of the parties does not want to look weak in the eyes of the other, but we do believe in one thing -peaceful negotiations is needed but not a war " Warlick said.
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 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—