The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Armenia trying to strengthen status quo in Karabakh conflict

Armenia trying to strengthen status quo in Karabakh conflict



Armenia is trying to strengthen the status quo instead of acting in accordance with the logic and essence of negotiations on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry, told Trend June 22.

He was commenting on the anti-Azerbaijan statements recently made by the Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian.

“As always, Eduard Nalbandian, Armenian foreign minister, is making unconstructive and contradictory statements,” said Hajiyev.

“This contradicts the position taken by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries on the inadmissibility of the status quo, which they have repeatedly stated,” Hajiyev said.

Presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan adopted a joint statement following a meeting in St. Petersburg June 20.

Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents confirmed the agreement reached during the Vienna meeting May 16 on stabilizing the situation in the conflict zone and creating an atmosphere to push forward the peace process.

For that purpose, the sides agreed to increase the number of international observers in the conflict zone.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.