Azerbaijan, Baku, 5 March / corr. Trend I. Alizadeh/ There is no any similarities between Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Kosovo, and both of them are totally different conflicts, therefore, introduction of same principles in this regard is quite impossible. "Kosovo can not be precedent for the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Jose Lelo, the President of the NATO Parliament Assembly, said on 5 March in his meeting with Ogtay Asadov, the chairman of Azerbaijani parliament.
On 17 Feb, Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. The official Belgrade is not going to recognize Kosovo's independence. Several countries including US, Great Britain, Germany, France and Turkey have already recognized its independence. But Russia, Spain, China, Greece and Georgia support Belgrade's position. Azerbaijan does not support Kosovo's independence as well.
In 1988, the conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began 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.
Lelo said that NATO supports the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the international law.
Asadov said that Azerbaijan will take relevant measures to solve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means. " Armenia does not attach importance to the decisions and resolutions of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe and UN on the unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Karabakh," Asadov said.
He said that Azerbaijan wishes to solve the conflict honorably within the international law.
Asadov said that Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the strengthening of relations with the authoritative international organizations including NATO. "One of the directions of our foreign policy is the integration with NATO," he said. Azerbaijan is strengthening its position in the system of Energy Security of Europe, he said.