YEREVAN, April 19. /ARKA/. In a comment today on a statement made by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov that the United States suggested that he and his Armenian counterpart Zohrab Mnatsakanyan have another round of talks on the Karabakh conflict in Washington, USA, a spokeswoman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry Anna Naghdalyan said the possibility of holding another meeting in an OSCE Minsk Group co-chair country is being considered.
However, she said since this issue is still under discussion, it is necessary to refrain from unilateral statements. According to her, an advance statement about the meeting that will be held in one of the co-chair countries is a disrespectful attitude towards the participants of the process, and first of all, towards the particular co-chairing country.
She said the desire to notify about the agreement that has not yet been reached does not contribute to the formation of a normal working atmosphere on the basis of mutual trust. She stressed that statements that go beyond and contradict the agreed formulations do not contribute to strengthening mutual trust, “especially if they do not correspond to reality.”
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted into armed clashes after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s as the predominantly Armenian-populated enclave of Azerbaijan sought to secede from Azerbaijan and declared its independence backed by a successful referendum.
On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations. A truce was brokered by Russia in 1994, although no permanent peace agreement has been signed. Since then, Nagorno-Karabakh and several adjacent regions have been under the control of Armenian forces of Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh is the longest-running post-Soviet era conflict and has continued to simmer despite the relative peace of the past two decades, with snipers causing tens of deaths a year.
On April 2, 2016, Azerbaijan launched military assaults along the entire perimeter of its contact line with Nagorno-Karabakh. Four days later a cease-fire was reached.