Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 29
By Nigar Guliyeva - Trend:
The position of the European Union and European Neighborhood countries was and is absolutely clear regarding the conflict resolution, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, told Euractiv Nov.29.
Isgandarov, commenting on the recent Eastern Partnership Summit, said that its final declaration has many positive elements for Azerbaijan.
“The most obvious one is the position of the EU countries on supporting all Eastern Partnership countries’ sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. And regarding the conflict resolution, there was not any diving approach,” he said.
The position of the EU and European Neighborhood countries was and is absolutely clear regarding the conflict resolution, he added.
“They have a general approach based on laws and principles of the international law, based on sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. It is crucially important for four countries of the six Eastern Partnership countries. These four countries, unfortunately, have been involved in the conflicts,” Isgandarov said.
The European Union remains committed in its support to the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of all its partners, reads the declaration.
"Full commitment, respect for and adherence to the purposes and principles enshrined in the UN Charter, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act and the 1990 OSCE Charter of Paris are fundamental to our shared vision for a peaceful and undivided Europe," the declaration adds.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.