Official Baku Believe Armenia Must Implement Positive Statements

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 8 January 2008 18:03 (UTC +04:00)
Official   Baku Believe   Armenia Must Implement Positive Statements

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. K.Ramazanova / Official Baku considers that Armenia should implement positive statements made in 2007.

"We would like Armenia to implement positive statements," the press-secretary of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Khazar Ibrahim said to Trend, commenting the upcoming visit of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to the region.

The next visit of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs on regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was scheduled for 13 January. The Co-Chairs hope to see an official reaction from Azerbaijan and Armenia on written proposals on settling the conflict which they submitted to both sides in Madrid. The content of the document was not revealed due to secrecy of the process.

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs submitted three proposals to both sides. Armenia rejected two of the proposals. Baku does not agree with the proposal to establish a confederative state in Nagorno-Karabakh.

" Azerbaijan is always ready to discuss proposals submitted by the Co-Chairs," Ibrahim 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 active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.