Germany, Berlin / Trend corr. A.Maharramli, E.Huseynli / The participants of the conflict and OSCE Minsk Group co-Chairs made stage by stage decision of settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Tofig Musayev, the head of the Department on Foreign Policy Planning at the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, said in Berlin on 6 November.
The conference dedicated to settlement of the frozen conflicts held in Berlin on 5 and 6 November. The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and German International and Security Issues Institute implemented the conference.
Azerbaijan fulfills all responsibilities on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Azerbaijani wants peaceful solution of the conflict. However, the positions Armenia takes on the issues hinder peaceful settlement of the conflict, Musayev said.
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.
The sides signed an agreement on cease fire in May 1994. The peace negotiations continue.
Initially, the occupied territories should be liberated and refugees and internally persons returned to their homelands.