Baku, Azerbaijan, July 23
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
The member states and co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group should abandon the policy of double standards, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov told reporters on July 23.
He underscored that the OSCE Minsk Group, engaged in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, should draw conclusions from the latest speech of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Hasanov stressed that the OSCE Minsk Group should either solve the problem, or step aside, paving the way for the conflicting parties to settle their problems by themselves.
"If the Armenian people want to live in prosperity, it should get rid of the current regime in Armenia and re-establish good relations with Azerbaijan. Otherwise, they will continue to live in poverty," the deputy prime minister said.
Hasanov concluded that Azerbaijan will eventually liberate its territories occupied by Armenia.
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.
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