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    Azerbaijan expects international mediators to work for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    BAKU (Sputnik) — Baku expects international mediators to take concrete steps to find a fair solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Deputy Head of Azerbaijan's Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov said on Tuesday.

    "The frozen conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh may flare up with renewed vigor at any time. International mediators, despite speaking in favor of preserving the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, for some reason prefer not to take a clear stance. We expect the co-chairing countries, as well as the international community, to take concrete steps for a just resolution of the conflict," Mammadov said in an article published in the Azerbaijan newspaper.

    According to him, progress has not yet been achieved in negotiations mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group.

    Armenia and Azerbaijan have been engaged in a dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh since 1988, when the autonomous region left the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and proclaimed independence after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The secession triggered a war that lasted until a Russia-brokered ceasefire was signed in 1994.

    Violence escalated in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 2, and led to multiple casualties. The parties to the conflict signed a Russia-brokered ceasefire on April 5, but mutual accusations have persisted.

    The OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States, has been attempting to resolve the conflict since 1992.


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