Germany, Berlin /corr. Trend A.Maharramli, I.Alizade / Azerbaijan has never negatively accepted Nagorno-Karabakh's Armenian community's joining the negotiations on conflict settlement. "There is not a position in Azerbaijan that we don't accept and keep away from talks our citizens, who raise riot against Azerbaijan, and even Armenians who participate in separatism and terrorism. We support the position - let them participate, but Armenia is occupant and it should be recognized as occupant," the member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, MP Zahid Oruj, reported to Trend after conference in Berlin dedicated to the 'frozen conflicts'.
The Monitoring Committee of PACE and the German Institute for International Affairs and Security organized discussions over frozen conflicts (Nagorno-Karabakh, Trans-Dniester, Georgian-Abkhazian, and Georgian-Ossetian) in Berlin on 5 to 6 November.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries appeared in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani lands including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. Since 1992 to the present time, these territories have been under Armenian occupation. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are holding peaceful negotiations.
In January 2005 the PACE passed a resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh. The resolution says that Armenia has occupied Azerbaijani territories. The PACE established a Committee headed by British Parliamentarian, Lord Russell Johnson, to observe the implementation of the resolution.
According to the Azerbaijani MP, the status of the Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh was determined in the mandate of the OSCE Minsk Group after 1992. According to mandate, conflicting sides are Azerbaijan and Armenia and the interested sides - Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of Nagorno-Karabakh.
According to Orujov, the talks in this format are possible. "However, it is unacceptable to present the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh as the conflicting side or international entity," he said.
According to Orujov, at the beginning of 90s, the right of national self-declaration was the most serious ground for all separatists to raise riot and they used it for long. "However, as a result it became clear that the people may have the right of self-declaration. However, they are not people, but ethnic group as part of self-declared republic. They already prepare new ideologies and in its turn, it means exploitation of topic of democracy, i.e. they carry out their separatist policy under screen of democracy," he said.
He considers that the service of the separatists presents serious threats for the development of the democracy.