2010 to be year of Karabakh in Azerbaijan: political scientist
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.06 / Trend , M.Aliyev /
2010 will be a year of Karabakh in Azerbaijan, director of the Azerbaijani Center for Political Innovations and Technology, political scientist Mubariz Ahmedoglu said in a briefing on the results of 2009 at Trend press center.
Ahmedoglu said it is preceded with the fact that important statements related to Nagorno-Karabakh are sounded on behalf of great countries for the second year. "All three principles - non-use of force, recognition of territorial integrity and right of self-determination had been also discussed earlier. However, they were included in a specific document only at a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Athens," the political scientist said.
Besides Ahmedoglu paid attention to the fact that the words "Nagorno Karabakh" and "Artsakh" were not used in President Serj Sargsyan's New Year address unlike previous appeals.
However, Armenian ruling party is bellicose. The western countries should pay attention to this while holding negotiations with this country.
Azerbaijan's successes in 2009 include the development of military industry, which will be of great importance in solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ahmedoglu said.
The political scientist believes that Iran's mediation in settlement of the conflict can intensify the developments in the region.
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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