Azerbaijan, Baku, July 21 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
The group of Azerbaijani opposition parties have held the latest Karabakh forum.
Several Azerbaijani opposition parties are represented in the Union. The Union said that the published Madrid principles on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement coincide with requirements on the Armenian side.
"It is an argument of the OSCE Minsk Group's pro-Armenian position," was said in a statement made at the Karabakh forum, which was held on the initiative of the Union for Democracy on July 21.
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.
Participants of the forum said that no force will be able to remove Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan. The international forces trying to split the country by referendum in one part of Azerbaijan will fail to achieve their goal.
Participants of the forum stressed that they established the committee and proceeded discussions in order to prepare for mass action, which would aim to prevent the mediators' actions.
The Union for Democracy was established by the opposition parties of the Classic People's Front, Azadliq and National Democracy after parliamentary elections in 2005. The Great Azerbaijan party entered the union early in September 2008, and the People's Party in November. The Union is the agency of cooperation between these parties.