Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement depends on int'l processes: official

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 15 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/

The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict depends on the processes in the international community and on the superpowers having an impact on Armenia, said the Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP).

"The international forces do not use the methods of pressure on the aggressor and this fact is one of reasons of non-resolution of the conflict. If the aggressor and those subjected to the aggression are treated the same, in this case, justice is violated and the resolution of the conflict is delayed," Member of the Azerbaijani Parliament, NAP Deputy Executive Secretary, Mubariz GurbanlI told Trend on July 15.

Last week, the U.S. Department of State which is one of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs divulged the six-point Madrid principles.

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.

Gurbanli said the country must not agree with some provisions of the Madrid Principles, published last week. "Under these principles, a transitional stage should be supposedly formed which later will gradually reduce Azerbaijan's influence on the Nagorno-Karabakh. If the co-chairs believe these principles are encouraging, Azerbaijan fully disagrees with this," said Gurbanli.

President Ilham Aliyev has clearly stated Azerbaijan's position despite the Madrid principles promulgated recently. "In other words, no inch of land will be ceded and the conflict must be resolved as part of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity," the NAP official said.

Everybody must accept the Azerbaijani president's position, he said. "Therefore, I believe that the encouraging words sounded by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs do not indicate what principles they envisage. If they argue the views that are contrary to Azerbaijan's territorial integrity or maintenance of Azerbaijan's leadership over the Nagorno-Karabakh, then it is impossible," Gurbanli said.

The NAP was established by Nakhchivan Parliamentary Speaker Heydar Aliyev in 1992.

President Ilham Aliyev is the party's chairman. The party has ruled the country for 16 years.

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