Oct 12, 2020
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Armenian Foreign Minister announced conditions for effective negotiations on Karabakh

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan stated that so far no significant progress has been achieved on the issue of ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to him, without fulfilling this condition, further negotiations on Karabakh will be ineffective.

I would especially like to note the importance of verification mechanisms that will make it possible to achieve the establishment and observance of the ceasefire regime. Only after the full establishment of the ceasefire will we be able to effectively move forward on all issues, - quotes Minister of TASS.

At a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Mnatsakanyan also noted that the format of the OSCE Minsk Group is currently the only acceptable format for negotiations on Karabakh.

As wrote, the Armenian Armed Forces launched a missile attack on the populated area of ​​the city of Ganja using an Elbrus missile. The executive director of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) Gazanfar Ahmadov noted that the last fragments of the rocket launched in the populated area were collected on October 12. At first, Azerbaijani experts decided that Armenia struck a strike with a Point U missile. However, later it turned out that it was an Elbrus missile - an engraving 8K14 was found on its wreckage.

Open clashes resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in his televised address accused Yerevan of shelling settlements and positions of the Azerbaijani army in various directions. He added that the provocations of Armenia have been regular in recent years.

The current stage of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been dragging on for three decades. Following the results of the 1992-1994 Karabakh war, about 20% of the Azerbaijani territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is under occupation. At the same time, there are also Armenian soldiers on a rotational basis. Yerevan does not officially recognize it, but it does not hide it either.

The international community determines the ownership of these lands to Azerbaijan and stands for the further continuation of the negotiation process and against any attempts to resolve the territorial dispute by force. Baku and Yerevan have repeatedly stated their readiness to find a compromise solution, however, a number of fundamental contradictions actually keep the conflict frozen.

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