France, Strasburg, Jan.25 / Trend A.Maharramli /
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will do its best to solve the frozen conflicts, Movlud Cavusoglu, new PACE president and chairman of the Turkish delegation to PACE, said referring to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"The solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is important for Europe and this question awaits its resolution," he said. "The OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, as well as Switzerland in the recent times, continued their efforts to resolve the conflict. The agreement must be mutual. The Armenian-Turkish rapprochement will contribute to restoring peace and stability in the region. The PACE will make every effort to resolve this issue peacefully. War is not the way in solving the problems of our continent, "he added.
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 seven 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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.