Azerbaijani gov't ready for processes that follow after peace treaty: deputy PM
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 28 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
The Azerbaijani government has long stated that it is ready for the processes that follow after a peace treaty on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"Recently, the negotiations regarding the conflict have intensified from a political point of view. Some progress has already been felt in the talks. All we are waiting for the signing of a peace treaty," Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, Ali Hasanov told journalists on July 28.
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.
Hasanov said the "Repatriation Program" finished a year ago. "The program has been coordinated with international organizations, embassies, international financial institutions, all ministries and committees," said the Deputy Prime Minister.
The program reflects all the stages, he said. "The first phase of repatriation on all directions would not be possible. Repatriation will start in one direction, and this is connected with the mine cleaning. Then we will these territories, and re-clear the damage caused to the infrastructure of the territory. Two years ago, the damage was estimated at $60 billion," said Hasanov.
In parallel with the rehabilitation of infrastructure, news jobs will also open, he said. "Then people will be located in these areas. There are not any problems with this process. We are only waiting for the signing of a peace treaty," said the Deputy Prime Minister.