Azerbaijan dissatisfied with Nagorno-Karabakh talks: vice speaker

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 13 February 2009 13:25 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijan dissatisfied with Nagorno-Karabakh talks: vice speaker

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 13 / Trend , J.Babayeva/

The Azerbaijani parliamentary vice speaker said Azerbaijan is dissatisfied with negotiations to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"European and OSCE nations must work to resolve the conflict - their interests in our energy aside," Vice Speaker and Azerbaijani OSCE delegation head Bahar Muradova said at a meeting with OSCE Special Envoy to Nagorno-Karabakh Goran Lenmarker on Feb. 13.

Lenmarker visited Azerbaijan as part of his trip to the South Caucasus. 

The vice speaker said Azerbaijan wants peace in the region. 

"Several countries can assist us in this process by making our position clear at the OSCE winter session in Vienna," Muradova said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Azerbaijan is currently arranging a referendum which is vital for national politics, Muradova said.

"The amendments to the Constitution include expanding the parliament's supervisory mechanism. The Constitution will be improved and human rights protection will be guaranteed at the highest level after the people support the referendum," Muradova said.  

Azerbaijan will hold a referendum on March 18 to amend the Constitution.

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