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Preparatory stage required to revive Nagorno-Karabakh talks - Armenian PM

August 11, 2018, 19:40 UTC+3 YEREVAN

Pashinyan added that Yerevan "is ready for any scenario on Nagorno-Karabakh"

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YEREVAN, August 11. /TASS/. Armenia is ready to resume negotiations to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but a preparatory stage is required to do so, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told reporters at a press briefing on Saturday.

"We have expressed political willingness to continue talks on Nagorno-Karabakh in a constructive way, in line with our political obligations and in the context of Armenia’s interests. However, a preparatory stage is required to revive negotiations, especially in the current political situation," he stressed.

Pashinyan added that Yerevan "is ready for any scenario on Nagorno-Karabakh."

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh broke out in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region declared departure from the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. During the armed conflict of 1992-1993 Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven neighboring regions.

Talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement have been going on since 1992. Russia, the US and France are co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that acts as a mediator in resolving the crisis.

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