Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict to be Discussed at NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Azerbaijan, Lankaran, 15 September / Trend corr. P.Aliyeva / The NATO Parliamentary Assembly's autumn session will take place in Spain in November, Ziyafat Asgarov, the Azerbaijani Parliamentary vice speaker told journalists on 15 September.
Azerbaijan is an associative member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2001. There is cooperation between Azerbaijan and NATO within the framework of the Partnership for Peace Program since 1994.
According to Asgarov, the agenda of this session has not yet submitted to Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will also be discussed at the session, he said.
Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven regions around it. The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakh's seven surrounding regions. 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, but fruitless negotiations.
About 10 OSCE countries established in 1992 Minsk Group for peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Since 1997, Minsk Group includes co-chairmen from three countries - the United States, Russia and France.
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