Aliyev Unhappy with Karabagh Mediators

(AFP)–The president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev–on Monday criticized mediators seeking to resolve the conflict with Armenia over Mountainous Karabagh–and threatened to use force.

"We are unhappy with the work of the Minsk group–which has failed to produce any results," Aliyev said in an interview with the Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

The Minsk Group–co-chaired by France–Russia–and the United States–and operating under a mandate from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)–has been mediating peace talks between the two countries for the past decade.

Aliyev once again threatened that Azerbaijan would resort to force. "The patience of the Azeri people has its limits. We can’t continue to negotiate for another 10 years. We will strengthen our army," he said.

He also said he believed other international organizations could help resolve the conflict. "That’s why we’ve raised this question in the United Nations and the Council of Europe despite protests from the Armenia’s," he said.

The conflict has cost an estimated 35,000 lives and forced about one million people on both sides to flee their homes.

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