Israel supports principle of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: president

Azerbaijan Materials 29 June 2009 12:37 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 29 / Trend , E. Huseynov/

Israel supports principle of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Israeli President Shimon Peres said during his remarks at the Azerbaijan University of Languages.  

The president said Israel supports peaceful resolution 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 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.

Peres stressed importance of multi-lateral political, economic, humanitarian and scientific cooperation between Azerbaijan and Israel.  

Speaking about economic ties between the two countries, Peres emphasized significance of projects on supply of Azerbaijan's hydrocarbon resources to Israel. "It has both economic and political aspects," Peres said.

Israeli president paid an official visit to Azerbaijan on June 28. He met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Two inter-governmental documents were signed, AzerTaj state news agency reported.

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