Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 22
US "strongly focused" on the peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, State Department spokesman John Kirby told, according to RIA Novosti.
While commenting the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents held on Saturday in Switzerland, Kirby said that "this summit gave the leaders of two countries for the first time in a year the opportunity to meet face to face and clarify the positions". "Presidents accepted the deterioration of the situation", he said.
Kirby said Washington supports "measures to reduce the number of victims among the civilian population". He also added that US delegation "with Russian and French counterparts continues discussion of these measures in the OSCE Minsk Group"
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 two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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