"Armenia ignores position of int’l community on Karabakh conflict" - Baku
Armenia does not comply with the agreements reached during the negotiations on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and it continues to ignore the position of the international community on the conflict, said Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov.
He made the remarks at a meeting with a delegation led by Australian Senator Christopher John, who also heads the Australia-Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary friendship group, in Baku Sept. 28.
Khalafov noted that the conflict poses a serious threat to peace and security in the region.
The continuation of Armenia’s aggressive policy and the occupation of Azerbaijani territories is the main reason for the lack of progress in resolving the conflict, he added.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.