Political will needed for settling Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: EU

By: Jamila Babayeva

The European Union (EU) has made constant efforts at the level of official and parliamentary diplomacy to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, an EU official said.

The remarks were made by Head of the EU delegation to Armenia Traian Hristea at public discussions titled “EU Enlargement 10th Anniversary” in Yerevan on May 21, the Armenian media reported.

Hristea believes that the conflict must be resolved within the working scope of the OSCE Minsk Group.

“At the same time, I have to stress the support of the EU which tries to secure a climate of trust. But a political will is needed for the settlement of the conflict,” he noted.

Earlier, Head of the EU’s Baku office Malena Mard said even though the EU is not an OSCE member, EU representatives have repeatedly expressed their intention to contribute to the rapid settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Saying that maintaining the status quo is in the interests of neither Azerbaijan nor Armenia, Mard called it “unacceptable”.

“The EU supports a rapid settlement of the conflict,” she told the media on May 21.

For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in the conflict which impedes the development of the region, because Armenia continues its policy of aggression.

Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that displaced over one million Azerbaijanis, the Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.

The UN Security Council’s four resolutions on Armenia’s withdrawal have not been enforced to this day.

Peace talks, mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. through the OSCE Minsk Group are underway on the basis of a peaceful outline -called Madrid Principle -proposed by the Minsk Group co-chairs. The negotiations have been largely fruitless so far.


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