Poland backs solving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 4 February 2009 19:17 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 4 / Trend , J.Babayeva/

Poland supports solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with preservation of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer said at a meeting with Azerbaijani Parliament Vice-Speaker Valeh Alasgarov on Feb. 4. Kremer is visiting Baku.

Alasgarov informed the guest about the structure and activities of the Azerbaijani Parliament, country's economic reforms, oil strategy, current situation in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and other issues, Parliamentary press service said in a message.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Alasgarov stressed the need to intensify cooperation in order to enhance intergovernmental and inter-parliamentary relations between the two countries. There is great potential for the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Poland. The Parliaments can make a significant contribution to this field, said Vice Speaker.

The officials touched upon Azerbaijan's role in the energy security of Europe, global-scale oil and gas projects initiated by Azerbaijan, prospects to develop relations.

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