Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Agayeva / Official Baku puts responsibility for the future of the agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh achieved so far on Armenia.
"Efficiency of implementation of the set of written suggestions made by the OSCE Minsk Group is contingent on whether Armenia is ready to vacate the occupied Azerbaijani territory," the head of the International Relations Department at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov said on 30 November.
On 29 November, the OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairs submitted written suggestions (10 suggestions) on settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to Azerbaijan and Armenia. The document was submitted by US Chair of the OSCE Minks Group Matthew Bryza, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and the US Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs Nicolas Bern at the meeting between the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and the Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian in Madrid on 29 November.
Official Baku is yet not familiar with the content of the set of proposals and will voice its position only after studying it, Mammadov said.
According to Mammadov, most of the suggestions on settlement of the conflict have been coordinated, but a couple of issues still remain unresolved. Their solution depends on Armenia's constructive position.
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.