Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 13
By - Trend:
The presence of Armenian Armed Forces in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan continues to be a major threat to peace, stability and development of the region, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said.
"The only way to achieve sustainable peace and good neighborhood relations is the liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, the return of about a million of refugees and IDPs to their native lands and ensuring their rights," Mammadyarov said in an interview with Italian media.
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 U.S. 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.
Translated by L.Z.
Edited by C.N.