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    Armenia’s foreign minister accused Baku of failing to support confidence-building in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

    YEREVAN (Sputnik) — Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan accused on Wednesday Azerbaijan of failure to meet agreements to increase confidence-building measures in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone reached in Vienna and St. Petersburg.

    "The agreements reached in Vienna and St. Petersburg have not still been implemented due to Azerbaijan's fault, while at the same time, the Azerbaijani side is trying to mislead the international community, to distort reality in order to avoid implementing the undertaken commitments," Nalbandyan said at a joint press conference with his Moldovan counterpart Andrei Galbur.

    Nalbandyan noted that the need to create conditions for the continuation of negotiations arose after escalation of the conflict in April.

    "There is an impression that Baku is guided by the approaches of the TV series script writers — the more complicated, the longer. Neither Armenia nor Nagorno-Karabakh supports the status quo. We are for a settlement on the basis of the international law," the Armenian foreign minister added.

    Azerbaijan's Armenian-dominated breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh proclaimed its independence in 1991. After the military conflict ended in 1994, Azerbaijan lost control over the region.

    Violence erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 2, and led to multiple casualties. The parties to the conflict signed a Russian-brokered ceasefire on April 5, but mutual accusations have not stopped so far.

    On May 16, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev met in Vienna to discuss the conflict. The sides reiterated there could be no military solution to the conflict and reaffirmed their commitment to 1994 and 1995 peace agreements. The presidents also agreed to finalize the OSCE investigative mechanism as soon as possible to reduce the risk of further violence.

    On June 20, the presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia met in St. Petersburg where they reaffirmed their commitment to achieve steady progress in political settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and agreed to increase the number of OSCE monitors working in the conflict zone.

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    Burning Embers: Nagorno-Karabakh Tensions Heat Up (191)


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