Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is serious threat to Europe: Azerbaijani Minister of National Security
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 27 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a serious threat to Europe, Azerbaijani Minister of National Security said.
"The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict poses a serious threat not only to the South Caucasus, but entire Europe. The conflict must be solved within the international law," Lieutenant-General, Azerbaijani Minister of National Security, Eldar Mahmudov, told his colleague Kircho Kirov during a trip to Bulgaria, the Center for Public Affairs of the ministry of national security said.
Azerbaijani Minister of National Security, Lieutenant-General Eldar Mahmudov was on an official visit to Bulgaria at the invitation of the director of Bulgarian national intelligence Kircho Kirov.
Major-General Kircho Kirov stressed importance of Azerbaijani Minister of National Security, Lieutenant-General Eldar Mahmudov's visit for security and further development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.
Eldar Mahmudov spoke about security in the country, protection of energy and transportation infrastructure from threats, international terrorism, illegal trafficking in narcotic substances, as well as combating with transnational organized gangs and illegal migration, including the processes occurring in the region.
The issues of bilateral cooperation have been discussed during the meeting. The agreements in exchange of information and expertise on issues of mutual concern were achieved.
During his official visit Mahmudov met with Bulgarian Deputy President Angel Marin and Deputy Prime-Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.
During these meetings, two heads highly appreciated development and expansion of friendly and business relations between the countries. Discussions on expansion of cooperation in security were held.
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.
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