Azerbaijan opposes discussion of report on control over armed forces at OSCE PA meeting

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 28

By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

Azerbaijani delegation opposed the discussion of the report "Control over Armed Forces and Venetian document", which does not reflect the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, at the meeting of the Standing Committee of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Baku on June 28.

The head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE PA Bahar Muradova spoke against the document. She noted that the OSCE PA must demonstrate a specific position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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.

The above mentioned report did say that the regional conflicts pose additional challenges for the OSCE, and widely covers Russia's occupation of the Crimea. The report also emphasized that the unilateral annexation of the Crimea by Russia threatens all international norms and sovereignty of independent countries.

The report however does not include the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh conflict, as well as conflicts in Georgia and Moldova.

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