Elmar Mamedyarov claims fighting will keep flaring up until all Armenian forces retreat
Azerbaijani Foreign Affairs Minister Elmar Mamedyarov says the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist region in Western Azerbaijan, will keep escalating until Armenia withdraws its forces.
According to Elmar Mamedyarov, a complete and permanent ceasefire is not possible as long as Yerevan provides financial and military support for the local militants.
Elmar Mamedyarov, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister: "Status quo is not only unsustainable, it's unacceptable. And as soon as there will be naive ideas that somebody has that they can keep it as it is forever or for a long period of time, than it will be more outbreakings of clashes and so on."
The minister added Armenia's withdrawal could open doors for mechanism of monitoring and investigating various incidents in the region.
The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed separatist forces in Nagorno-Karabakh started in 1991. The battles which lasted three years resulted in deaths of some 30,000 people. Recent flare up on April 2 added 33 more lives to this number. On April 5 the military actions on the contact line were stopped under mutual agreement.