Australia sends note to Azerbaijani Representation in UN
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 18 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia has presented a note to the Azerbaijani Representation in the UN.
According to the reports from the Azerbaijani Permanent Mission to the UN, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia has presented a note concerning the UN Secretary General's report on implementation of the 62/243resolution "Situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan", adopted on March 14 2008 at the 62nd UN General Assembly, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend on Sept. 18.
The note states that the Australian Government's support to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan remains unchanged, it does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state, and will continue to support the mediation efforts of the OSCE for a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict, acceptable both for Azerbaijan and Armenia. In addition, the note said that the Australian government prefers to consider the peace process of the OSCE.
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.
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