Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Agayeva / The Government of Azerbaijan considers the International Crisis Group's report "Nagorno-Karabakh: risk of war" as a logical response to the international community. "The experts of the Group accurately assess the situation around Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, calling on the international community to influence the process," said the Head of the Foreign Relations Department of Azerbaijan's Presidential Administration, Novruz Mammadov, commenting on the report of the Crisis Group.
Azerbaijan and Armenia should stop the armed race and re-establish process of settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The international community and leading countries of the world should strengthen their efforts to resolve the problem.
Mammadov said that Azerbaijan will never agree that its territories will law under occupation forever and makes all the best for the peaceful settlement of the conflict. However, the Government of Armenia presents obstacles to it and prolongs the time, deceiving the international community, including the OSCE Minsk Group, he said.
According to him, the president of Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated that Azerbaijan supports the peaceful settlement of the conflict and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country should be re-established within the international norms and principles, otherwise the war will be unavoidable.
"If consider the interests of the international community and leading countries of the region, they should react the situation and take more serious measures to resolve the situation," he 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.