Azerbaijani Green Party Considers Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict to be Citizen-Power Struggle
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S. Ilhamgizi / The Green Party of Azerbaijan considers the Azerbaijani-Armenia conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh to be a citizen-power struggle, Mais Gulaliyev, the Chairman of the Party, said.
The main essence of the US foreign policy is to split countries by pitting the opposition against the Authorities, Gulaliyev said.
"The US always supports national and ethnic group conflicts in order to split the countries and achieve control over them," the Chairman said.
Joining Azerbaijan to NATO will freeze the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Chairman considers.
Some participants of the meeting did not agree with the party's position. Razi Nurullayev, an independent political scientist, said the US position concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict does not differ from positions of other countries. The US recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Nurullayev believes the US' demands to to liberate the Azerbaijani territories from Armenia to be impossible.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.