Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 20 / Trend /
"President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev always keeps an eye on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and raises this issue at important meetings with world leaders," Azerbaijani President
Ilham Aliyev stated in Almaty after a meeting with the Kazakh president.
President Aliyev said Azerbaijan is grateful to Kazakhstan for its stance in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Kazinform reports.
Aliyev said it is necessary to end the conflict and the occupation of our territories. Resolutions of the UN Security Council, the highest international instance, should be implemented.
"The UN Security Council adopted four resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict demanding immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian occupying forces from Azerbaijani territories," President Aliyev stressed. "Unfortunately, they are not fulfilled. Our territorial integrity has been violated."
"Azerbaijan could achieve even greater successes during the years of independence if there was no such a difficult problem. We are committed to addressing this issue within international law and Helsinki Final Act, which clearly defines the principles and priorities of countries' territorial integrity," he said.
President Aliyev said he paid the third official visit to Kazakhstan over the past seven years.
"Such mutual contacts are a vivid evidence of out great attention to mutual relations," he added. "Our relations are based on solid historical grounds, and they have a long history."
According to President Aliyev, today the two fraternal and independent states are building their relations based on partnership and friendly relations.
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.