Commission on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict proposed to be established in Azerbaijan Parliament
Azerbaijan, Baku Dec. 11 / Trend , corr. I.Alizade / Establishing a commission on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the Parliament of Azerbaijan has caused difference of opinion between the power and opposition.
"It is important to establish a commission in the Parliament in order to deal with the solution of the conflict from the point of view of legislation and maintain the conflict on the focus of attention," MP Panah Huseyn, member of Musavat group of MPs representing opposition in the Parliament, told Trend .
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.
Huseyn said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the basic problem of Azerbaijan and the MPs representing both power and opposition have been proposing sine 1995 to establish a commission on the conflict. However, due to various reasons, these proposals have not been accepted.
"The executive power agencies deal with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, since it is a serious problem, but there are issues which can involve the Parliament as well," Huseyn added.
Ziyafet Askerov, first vice speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament, chairman of standing commission on security and defense, told Trend that there is no need to establish such a commission.
"Because whole people deals with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. It is not the work of one commission, but entire people. Therefore, I am against to create two sides here. The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, holds the talks successfully, and after concrete result, the issue will be expressed attitude and entire people will know it," Askerov said.
Saying that the talks are being held between the Presidents and Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Askerov stated that if any progress or concrete results in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, it is possible to hold discussions in the Parliament.
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