Baku, Azerbaijan, March 17
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains unresolved, OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are unable to take concrete steps for fair solution, Deputy Head of the Administration of the Azerbaijani President, Head of the Foreign Relations Department, Novruz Mammadov said.
"Azerbaijan is a supporter of peace, stability and cooperation and has created mutually beneficial relations with all neighboring countries except Armenia, which continues its policy of occupation," Mammadov said, speaking at the First Congress of Azerbaijanis working in international organizations.
The congress began its work in Baku on March 17.
About 50 Azerbaijani citizens working in organizations included in the UN system, the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking countries, International Organization for Migration and offices of other structures located in different countries, participate in the event.
The purpose of the event is to create a single center, which will unite Azerbaijani citizens who have work experience at international level, to ensure their active participation in the process of the country's development.
Novruz Mammadov stressed that the successes achieved by Azerbaijan, strengthened the country's influence in the international arena.
He noted that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the main obstacle to the region's development.
"The legal basis of the conflict's settlement is reflected in the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, the four resolutions of the UN Security Council, the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2008, as well as in the decisions and resolutions of the OSCE, NATO, the Council of Europe and other international organizations. This is within the framework of the international law," Mammadov said. "All these documents support Azerbaijan's territorial integrity."
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.