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Russia considers two ceasefire agreements signed between Azerbaijan and Armenia in 1994 and 1995 as the foundation of cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"In the context of the development of the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh, the Russian side firmly believes that the Ceasefire Agreement in 1994, and adopted in its development agreement on strengthening the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 1995 are permanent in nature and still form the basis of truce in the conflict zone, "- said the statement.
It is noted that this position of principle, fully complies with the general approach of the "troika" of the OSCE Minsk Group, it was set out in a note permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE, April 12 directed to the resident of Azerbaijan.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Poland, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.
2016.04.22 / 09:49