Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 7
Azerbaijan and Spain have discussed the opportunities of expanding cooperation in various fields.
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has received a delegation of the Spanish Parliament. During the meeting they discussed the issues of expanding the cooperation in political, economic, cultural, agrarian and other fields, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry told Trend on Feb. 6.
Mammadyarov said that the intensification of mutual visits and strengthening of relations between the parliaments play an important role in the Spanish- Azerbaijani relations.
The head of a delegation of the Spanish Parliament Jose Maria Chikio stressed that he was informed about the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, Khojaly genocide and problems of refugees and IDPs. He regretted that four U.N. Security Council resolutions have not been fulfilled yet. He stressed that Azerbaijan's position is based on truth and justice.
The minister informed the delegation about Azerbaijan's position on the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
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.
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