Baku, Azerbaijan, April 23
By Sabina Ahmedova - Trend:
One of the sessions of the Second Global Open Society Forum, to be held in Baku from April 28 to April 29, will focus on discussion of the ways to solve complicated conflicts, Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Diaspora said on April 23.
The second Global Open Society Forum will be organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, the Club of Madrid, with support of the Azerbaijan State Committee for Work with Diaspora.
During this session, the participants will share their experience and knowledge in the sphere of conflict resolution and social integration, and will discuss the basic principles that can be effective in eliminating problems in this sphere. The discussions will mainly focus on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the participants will exchange views on this issue.
The session will be chaired by Greece's former Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis.
Turkey's former Foreign Minister Hikmet Chetin, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, co-chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Ismail Serageldin, the center's members - the former president of Romania, Emil Constantinescu, former President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, co-chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, president of the Club Madrid, Latvia's former President Vaira Vike-Freiberga are expected to speak at the session.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.