Armenia threatens to recognise occupied Karabakh

No country has recognised the occupied territory as independent.

Armenia threatens to recognise occupied Karabakh

Armenia threatened on Friday to recognise occupied Nagorno-Karabakh as independent if any war with oil-producing Azerbaijan.

No country has recognised the occupied territory as independent.

"Armenia is absolutely against a military solution to the (Nagorno-Karabakh) problem," Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan said in Moscow.

"In the event Azerbaijan unleashes a new military venture, Armenia will be left with no choice but to recognise de jure the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and provide for the safety of its population by all means."

He spoke after a Kremlin meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, a Russian-led security bloc of ex-Soviet republics.

An estimated 30,000 people died in the war. Armenian-backed forces also invaded seven Azeri districts that surround Nagorno-Karabakh and form a land corridor with Armenia.

Low-intensity skirmishes since 1994 have killed around 3,000 people, mainly soldiers.

Mediators from Russia, the United States have led negotiations between Azerbaijan and Armenia since the war ended, under the auspices of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

They have made little headway.



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