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Merkel: Germany ready to assist Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

April 06, 2016, 16:12 UTC+3 BERLIN

The situation along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone deteriorated dramatically overnight to April 2, fierce clashes with casualties began

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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BERLIN, April 6. /TASS/. Germany in the capacity of the current chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is ready to play a constructive role in the efforts aimed at the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday at a news conference on the results of talks with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

The situation along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone deteriorated dramatically overnight to April 2, fierce clashes began. The parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the truce.

Talks on Nagorno-Karabakh have been held on the basis of the so-called Madrid Principles suggested by co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - Russia, France and the United States - in December 2007 in the Spanish capital.

They include three key principles written in the Helsinki Final Act: refraining from the threat or use of force, territorial integrity and the right to self-determination.

Nagorno-Karabakh sought independence from Azerbaijan at the end of the 1980s, which resulted in a war between Azerbaijan and Armenia that claimed the lives of 25,000-30,000 people between 1988 and 1994. Since then, the territory has been controlled by Armenia.

The OSCE Minsk Group acts as a mediator. It is a mechanism designed to promote a peace solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. The group is led by co-chairs France, Russia and the United States. It also comprises Belarus, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, and Turkey, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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