Nagorno-Karabakh Azerbaijani Community to resume activity: co-founder
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 5 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/
The Nagorno-Karabakh Azerbaijani Community will resume activity.
"Our new leader will expand the scope of our activity," Nagorno-Karabakh Azerbaijani Community Public Union Co-Founder and member of the parliament Havva Mammadova told Trend on March 5.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev appointed Bayram Safarov as head of the Shusha Regional Administration last week. Safarov was also elected head of the Nagorno-Karabakh Azerbaijani Community.
The union passed state registration in October 2006. The previous head of the organization and Shusha Regional Administration Nizami Bahmanov died on Sept. 13. Members of parliament Havva Mammadova and Elman Mammadov co-founded the community.
Mammadova said the community will play an active role in peace negotiations to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in 2009.
"I think the new leader will actively participate in the process," she said. "We co-founders are ready to support him."
The community must closely cooperate with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to succeed, Mammadova said.
"We hope to arrange meetings with the co-chairs during their visits to the region," she said. "We will support the president's decisive position on Nagorno-Karabakh by playing an active part in resolving the conflict."
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.
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