Several Azerbaijani opposition parties condemn OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen for support of Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 3 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
Azerbaijani opposition parties group condemned OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen for support of Armenia's position concerning settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh problem.
"Countries being mediators in solving this problem did not make any actions to stop Armenia. On the contrary, under pretence of solving the problem, they set down to open pressure directed to humility of Azerbaijan with occupation and getting of consent for legal procedures to deliver independence of Nagorno-Karabakh," statement adopted at Karabakh forum held on the initiative of the Union for democracy 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.
"Countries-co-chairmen using Karabakh problem fight for impact in Azerbaijan. This fight is accompanied by violation of Azerbaijani rights. Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible within Azerbaijani territorial integrity in accordance with international principles, the statement said.
Union for democracy was established by opposition parties Classic People's Front, Azadliq and National Democracy after parliamentary elections of 2005. Great Azerbaijani Party joined the union early September 2008 but National party in November. The union is agency of cooperation and consultations.
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