James Warlick: No agreement without return of Azerbaijani territories
October 24, 2016 Leave a comment
There will be no agreement without return of territories, or Nagorno-Karabakh status negotiations, the US co-chair of the OSCE MG James Warlick said at a press conference in Baku on October 22.
“Status quo is not sustainable, we need to work effectively further to find a peaceful solution,” said Warlick.
He mentioned that there are many elements of comprehensive solution on the table today.
According to Warlick, there is no agreement on time and place of next meeting of Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents.
The co-chair expressed hope that the foreign ministers of both countries will meet in the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg.
“The time for peace is now, if not now then when? I believe this day will come. But through peaceful negotiations,” said Warlick.
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.