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    The Dutch Foreign Ministry sees rallying support for the peace negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group as its key objective, a spokesperson for the ministry told Sputnik on Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — Following the outbreak of renewed violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Minsk Group's co-chairs — Russia, France and the United States — announced that a meeting will be held in Vienna on April 5 to discuss the situation. The Netherlands is one of the participating members in the Minsk Group.

    "The key objective of the Netherlands is to support immediate negotiation under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs such that a comprehensive and lasting settlement of the conflict can be achieved," the spokesperson said.

    "The unstable situation on the ground demonstrates why the sides must enter into an immediate negotiation under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs on a comprehensive settlement of the conflict. The Netherlands reiterates that there is no military solution to the conflict and finds the reports of heavy fighting along the line of contact deeply worrying," the spokesperson said.

    Violence in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic escalated on Friday night, with Baku and Yerevan accusing each other of provoking the hostilities.

    The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988, when the Armenian-dominated autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before proclaiming independence after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. The rival sides agreed on cessation of hostilities in 1994. In September 2015, the conflict escalated, with the sides blaming each other for violating the truce.

    The OSCE Minsk Group has been mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement since 1992.

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