CSTO Secretary General: escalation of Karabakh conflict may cause conflict in Caucasus
The Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Nikolay Bordyuzha, said that the escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict threatens with the outbreak of a big conflict in the Caucasus region.
"Today we should take all the necessary measures to prevent the conflict from growing, to stop it, to stop warfare, shelling," he said.
Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US, are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.