New Opportunities for Nagorno-Karabakh Negotiations
Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 June / Т corr S. Agayeva/ "After passing of the UN Resolution on the Situation in the Occupied Territory of Azerbaijan, new opportunities have been created for the negotiations on settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and these must be accepted by OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairs and other international organizations," Khazar Ibrahim, Spokesperson for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, said to journalists on 9 June.
At the beginning of March, the UN General Assembly supported the Resolution on the Situation in the Occupied Territory of Azerbaijan. The Resolution was passed, with 39 countries voting for, 7 against (including OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairing countries - Russia, France and USA) and 100 abstained.
The resolution reflects a serious concern that the armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan still poses a serious threat to the international community and security, as well as negatively affects the humanitarian situation in the South Caucasus countries.
The resolution reflects the necessity for all Armenian armed forces to immediately and unconditionally withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
According to Ibrahim, Madrid proposals also provide good prospects to settle the conflict.
Spokesperson said that after the next visit of Minsk Group intermediaries to the region, scheduled for the end of June, it would be possible to say whether any progress was achieved in the conflict settling as a result of the meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents in St Petersburg on 6 June.
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.
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