Azerbaijan Calls upon New Leadership of Armenia not to Repeat Mistakes of Previous Leaders regarding Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, 21 April /corr. Trend S.Agayeva / Azerbaijan calls upon the new leadership of Armenia not to repeat the mistakes of the previous leaders, but to take a constructive position in the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Press Secretary of Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry, Khazar Ibrahim, said to a press-conference on 21 April.
The leadership of Armenia should unconditionally withdraw its troops from Azerbaijani occupied territories. " Armenia should understand that there are three states in South Caucasus and there is not a place for the fourth country here," he said. In addition, the official representative of the Foreign Ministry called upon the leadership of Armenia not to mislead the community of the country, but to provide them with true information.
The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven neighbouring Districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. 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 USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
The Prime Minister and leader of Republic Party of Armenia- Serj Sarkisyan, was elected as the President of the country, as a result of elections on 19 February. Armenia's former ambassador to France, Eduard Nalbandyan, replaced Vardan Oskanyan at the position of Foreign Minister of the country.