Medvedev: Karabakh conflict must be resolved peacefully
'The conflict must be solved not by soldiers but by diplomats. There should not be deaths,' says Russian PM in Yerevan.
YEREVAN (AA) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Azerbaijani territory of Karabakh needs to be resolved peacefully.
"The conflict must be solved not by soldiers but by diplomats. There should not be deaths," Medvedev told a joint press conference alongside his Armenian counterpart Hovik Abrahamyan on an official visit to the Armenian capital Yerevan.
Stating that Russia is ready to help find a solution, Medvedev said, "Russia, as part of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk group, is ready to do its best."
The fighting which broke out between Azerbaijani troops and ethnic Armenian forces last week in occupied Karabakh was the worst since a peace deal was struck in 1994 over the Azerbaijani enclave.
Over the weekend, 12 Azerbaijani troops and more than 100 Armenian soldiers were killed in fighting over Karabakh.
Pro-Armenian militia have occupied Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region since 1993, similar to how pro-Russian militia have illegally occupied parts of Ukraine (the Donbass region) since 2014.
Three UN Security Council Resolutions (853, 874 and 884) and UN General Assembly Resolutions 19/13 and 57/298 refer to Karabakh as being part of Azerbaijan.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) also refers to the territory (Resolution 1416) as being occupied by Armenian forces.