Mkrtchian said low oil prices and internal Azeri issues may be linked to the fighting.
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Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon Samvel Mkrtchian laid the responsibility for recent violence in Nagorno-Karabakh squarely at the feet of Azerbaijan, urging the Azeri leadership to respect the cease-fire and re-engage in the peace talks administered by the OSCE.Fighting in the breakaway region erupted on the night of April 1, igniting four days of hostilities in the deadliest violence since the ethnically Armenian area gained de facto autonomy.Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, but the mountainous enclave has been under the autonomous rule of Armenia-backed separatists since a 1994 cease-fire ended heavy fighting in the late 1980s and early 1990s.Mkrtchian repeatedly emphasized Armenia's support for the conflict resolution efforts pursued by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, known as the Minsk Process.He blamed Azerbaijan for not embracing the framework outlined in the peace talks and for rejecting overtures from both the OSCE and Armenia to provide for the independent monitoring of cease-fire violations. But the ambassador said he was confident that the 22-year-old process was the best way to bring resolution to the conflict. Mkrtchian sounded an optimistic note on the long-term prospects for peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
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