YEREVAN, March 12. /ARKA/. Armenia seeks a peaceful settlement in Karabakh, James Warlick, American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, made a note ion his Twitter page after he met with Edward Nalbandyan, Armenian foreign minister on Tuesday.
“Talks with FM Nalbandian in Moscow confirm that Armenia seeks a peaceful settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh. Will pursue options for dialogue,” Novosti-Armenia quoted him. “Look forward to talks with Russia today on Nagorno-Karabakh. We are resolved to work together with France to support the path to peace.”
Karabakh conflict broke out in 1988 when Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan.
On December 10, 1991, a few days after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a referendum took place in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the majority of the population (99.89%) voted for secession from Azerbaijan.
Afterwards, large-scale military operations began. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven regions adjacent to it.
Some 30,000 people were killed in this war and about one million people fled their homes.
On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations.
Since 1992, talks brokered by OSCE Minsk Group are being held over peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is co-chaired by USA, Russia and France. -0---