Nagorno-Karabakh Was Not Frozen – Deputy Foreign Minister (video)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 16 April 2008 20:25 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 April / Trend corr K. Ramazanova/ "The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was not frozen at any time or at any stage," the Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Araz Azimov said at press conference on 16 April.

"Conflict cannot be called frozen. Only situation can be frozen," Azimov said.

According to the Deputy Foreign Minister, Azerbaijan fulfils its obligations, but the opposite side violates the ceasefire.

"Armenia wants the conflict to be frozen and that is the core of our discussions. We should take into consideration the future of the conflict," he said.

According to Azimov, avoidance of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, freezing the status and achieving some goals serves the interests of several groups.

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.