Azerbaijan, Baku, June 5 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
The Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh is dissatisfied with a fruitless activity of the OSCE Minsk Group. "The Minsk Group Co-Chairs recently have made unserious statements and do not meet with representatives of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh," Chairman of the organization and Head of the Shusha Region Administration Bayram Safarov said at the congress of the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh Public Association.
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.
On June 5, Baku is hosting the first congress of the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh Public Association which discusses organizational issues, as well as reforming of the organization. The Azerbaijani community comprises 65,000 people.
Safarov said the Minsk Group has not yet distinguished between the conflict sides. "The Azerbaijani community does not expect positive results from the OSCE Minsk Group's visit to the region. As the Minsk Group approaches the conflict sides at the same level, a fair solution of the problem is out of question," the chairman of the community said.
The world community's attitude toward Armenia's aggressive policy causes regret, he said.
"Armenia violating all norms of the international law uses violence toward Azerbaijanis and destroys historical and cultural monuments in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, the world community thus far closes eyes to the Armenian aggressive policy," he said.
Safarov said the Azerbaijani president's position coincides with the position of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh. "The community supports peace solution of the conflict as part of the territorial integrity and international law," he said.
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