Diplomat: Azerbaijan’s territories occupied by Armenia become ‘black hole’
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 7 / Trend , G.Dadashova /
Azerbaijani Permanent Representative to the UN Yusuf Mammadaliyev said Azerbaijan's territories of occupied as a result of armed aggression by neighboring Armenia had become a "black hole" in the zone of the application of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).
Mammadaliyev stated about this at the meeting of the First Committee of the 66th UN General Assembly on Oct.6.
The international community had lived with and tolerated the situation in which hundreds of pieces of treaty-limited equipment belonging to one State party had been illegally deployed in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, in gross violation of the CFE Treaty provisions.
The occupied territories of Azerbaijan provided the occupying Power with the opportunity to use those areas as repair facilities and, moreover, to transfer and hide treaty-limited equipment from the international control regimes, he said.
"Azerbaijan , as a country suffering from the scourge of war and situate in proximity to other conflicts affecting the region, was fully committed to and making sustained efforts for maintaining international peace, security and stability, including through contributing to peacekeeping and peace building efforts," he said.
However, he said, success in counteracting the illegal proliferation and storage of those weapons in the South Caucasus was only possible through the creation of a stable and secure region, respect for international law, abandonment of territorial claims towards neighboring nations and discontinuation of support to separatists and terrorists.
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.