Azerbaijan, Baku, June 5 / Trend , A. Huseynbala/
Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh was proposed to launch its own newspaper at the first conference today.
"Launching newspaper can play an important role in informing the world about the Nagorno-Karabakh realities and Armenia's aggressive actions," Khojali Region Administrative Body Head Shahmar Usubov said.
The conference of the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh public union opened today.
Organizations dealing with resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must reckon with us. We must organize our community so that international organization will learn our opinion and reckon with us," co-founder of the community and member of parliament Elman Mammadov said earlier.
First head of the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh public union was Nizami Bahmanov. The OSCE council recognized representatives elected from Nagorno-Karabakh and other representatives as interested parties in peace talks on March 24, 1992. Bahmanov represented Azerbaijani community at the peaceful talks held within the OSCE Minsk Group as a head of the Shusha Administrative Body.
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.
Usubov said by reinforcing its work, the community can play an important role in liberating Azerbaijan's occupied lands.
"The community must do utmost to return Azerbaijanis in Armenian captivity to home," he said.
Community's activity must be expanded to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as soon as possible, union's co-founder Havva Mammadova said.
"The community must be well-organized and members of parliament are most responsible for it," Mammadov said.
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