EU not to recognize independence of Nagorno-Karabakh

The European Union (EU) stressed that it does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh or the legitimacy of Thursday's "presidential elections" in the conflict zone.

EU not to recognize independence of Nagorno-Karabakh
The European Union (EU) stressed that it does not recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh or the legitimacy of Thursday's "presidential elections" in the conflict zone.

In a statement issued by the European Commission, the EU reiterated its firm support to the OSCE Minsk Group and its efforts toward a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

It also urged the concerned parties to intensify their efforts to find a negotiated solution to the conflict.

Meanwhile, the EU expressed the hope that refugees and internally-displaced persons should be given the right to a safe, secure and dignified return of their homes in the region.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a region in Azerbaijan populated mostly by ethnic Armenians. Armed conflict broke out in the early 1990s between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the region's status after it declared independence, which was not recognized by the international community except Armenia.

A ceasefire deal was reached in 1994 after mediation by the Minsk Group, set up by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

However, disputes still remain between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2007, 15:42
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