State Department: US doesn't recognize 'independence' of the occupation regime in Karabakh

State Department: US doesn't recognize 'independence' of the occupation regime in Karabakh

The United States, along with the rest of the international community, does not recognize the "independence" of the occupation regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department, said on May 6th, Trend reports.

"Nagorno-Karabakh's final status will only be resolved in the context of a comprehensive settlement", he stressed.

He also said, that the US urges the sides to come to the negotiating table in good faith in order to reach a settlement that achieves those goals.

Recall, on the night of April 2nd 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.

Three weeks after the new truce between the parties of the conflict the Armenian Armed Forces shelled peaceful Azerbaijani villages and the town of Terter. Two villagers of Chemenli in the Agdam region were killed: Famil Mustafayev and Ali Huseynov. Anar Abdullayev, Zahid Rahimov, Sirdash Kerimov and Ail Mammadov and the resident of Efendi Elnur Mammadov, the resident of Garadagli Elgiz Garayev and resident Zangyushaly Magomedali Imanov were wounded by their neighbors.

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.