Azerbaijan’s Public Council to Make Appeal for Visit to Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 3 April 2008 20:31 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 3 April /corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / Public Council on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement assesses the visit of the intellectuals of Azerbaijan to Nagorno-Karabakh as a successful step and considers that it should continue. The meeting of the Council on 3 April made a decision to appeal to relevant bodies to organize such visits, Trend reports.

It was stated during the meeting of the Council that the co-chairmen of the OSCE had the opportunity to interfere in the Resolution supporting territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, which was adopted at the UN General Assembly. However, they did not use this opportunity.

According to the experts represented at the Council, one of the reasons that many countries abstained from voting is that the Resolution was presented unilaterally i.e. by one sponsor. "Usually the agenda of the session is presented to the participants 30 days prior, and they became aware of the topics being discussed, especially pay attention to the number of the sponsors," said politician Rasim Musabeyov.

The Council considers that the next step will be addressing an appeal to the International Court, which has the right to make a decision requiring fulfillment of the resolutions adopted by the UNO.

The Council brings together independent politicians and law observers.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries appeared in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani lands including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. Since 1992 to the present time, these territories have been under Armenian occupation. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are holding peaceful negotiations.     

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