Turkey, Kars, June 9 /Trend A.Taghiyeva/
Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan and its territorial claims against neighboring countries is an obstacle to development in the region, said Minister of Economic Development Azerbaijan Shahin Mustafayev at a meeting of economic ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, taking place in the Turkish city of Kars.
"In the result of the aggressive policy Armenia stays aside from all the regional projects, and this isolation of Armenia from all regional projects will continue if the country holds such a policy" Mustafayev said.
Noting the importance of implementing joint projects, the minister noted that Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey play an important role, linking Europe with Asia due to their strategic location.
The minister said despite the many economic challenges with which the world countries faced, Azerbaijani economy shows a high resistance and continues to develop rapidly. And the important fact is that the economy of Turkey and Georgia are also actively develop and demonstrate stability.
Mustafayev said the partnership and friendly relations between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia serve as a model for the world.
"The region has become the focus of the world due to the development of our countries and closer cooperation between us" Mustafayev added.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the 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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