Azerbaijan, Baku, June 14 / Trend A. Badalova /
First of all, it is necessary for Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani territory to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at the press-conference with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Eamon Gilmore in Baku today.
"Azerbaijan has agreed to introduce an incident investigation mechanism," the minister said. "However, after the troops are withdrawn, this mechanism will not be required."
He said that introducing a mechanism in the current situation means even more strengthening of the status quo.
"After the troops are withdrawn, snipers on the border will not be required," Mammadyarov said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the US - are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.