Azerbaijan, Baku, June 5 / Trend , A.Huseyinbala/
Vice Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament believes the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh to be reformed.
"Reforming of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh is necessary in order to increase the efficiency of Azerbaijan's state policy and diplomacy," Vice Speaker Bahar Muradova told journalists on June 5.
The Public Union "Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh" meets today.
"Organizations, which are involved in the process of regulation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, have to reckon with us. We have to hold activity so that international organizations to reckon with us," Elman Mammadov, co-founder of the community, told Trend .
The Public Union "Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh" was chaired by Nizami Bahmanov, who died on Sept. 13, 2008. Bahmanov represented the community in peace negotiations in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group as head of the Shusha City Administration.
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.
According to Muradova, the strong Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh would play a significant role to carry out fair activity in the international community.
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