A lot being done for resolution of Karabakh conflict Political and military events
A spokeswoman for Russian foreign ministry Maria Zakharova said that a lot is being done for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Her remarks came in comments on LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s words that the rapprochement between Russia and Turkey will help resolve regional conflicts.
“There are various formats in the conflict’s settlement – the OSCE Minsk Group, direct dialogues with Azerbaijan and Armenia, and high-level meetings of Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian presidents,” said Zakharova. “All these are effective mechanisms. So, a constructive role of any state in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement is welcomed," Zakharova said at a briefing.
During the May 16 meeting in Vienna, Austria, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to work out safeguards against ceasefire violations around Nagorno-Karabakh and resume their search for a compromise peace deal to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
After the June 20 meeting in St. Petersburg, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to increase the number of international observers in the Karabakh conflict zone and noted the achievement of mutual understanding on a number of issues that will create conditions for progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted into armed clashes after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s as the predominantly Armenian-populated enclave of Azerbaijan sought to secede from Azerbaijan and declared its independence backed by a successful referendum.
On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations. A truce was brokered by Russia in 1994, although no permanent peace agreement has been signed. Since then, Nagorno-Karabakh and several adjacent regions have been under the control of Armenian forces of Karabakh.
Nagorno-Karabakh is the longest-running post-Soviet era conflict and has continued to simmer despite the relative peace of the past two decades, with snipers causing tens of deaths a year.