People’s Diplomacy May be Used after Azerbaijan, Armenia Come to Some Agreement – Azerbaijani Foreign Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr K. Ramazanova / People's diplomacy may be used after Azerbaijan and Armenia come to some agreement, Elmar Mammadyarov, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister said to journalists on 18 December. "I do not see any problem in the meetings of NGO representatives of both the countries'," he said. According to Mammadyarov, in case any agreement is achieved, people will be informed about it.
The Minister also touched upon the document which was submitted to the conflicting sides by the OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairs in Madrid. He said the work over the document is in progress. "I positively treat the document. But it has several points, which require revision. Azerbaijan does not agree on the several points. But we are working on the document," the Minister said.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to the Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven neighbouring districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement which ended the active hostilities. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding the peaceful negotiations.
Although the Minks Group had made different suggestion, Armenia did not turn down its non-constructive position. The last time when the co-chairs made written suggestions to the conflicting sides, was in November. At present, the two countries are considering the suggestions.