Union representing Azerbaijani opposition holds next Karabakh forum
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 15 / Trend A. Huseynbala /
The Union representing the Azerbaijani opposition has held a regular Karabakh forum.
Several opposition parties in Azerbaijan say that in the process of negotiations on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the OSCE Minsk Group is keen to meet the interests of Armenia.
"The desire of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to approve provisions that are contrary to the principles of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, is also contrary to the international law," the Karabakh forum, held at the initiative of the Union for Democracy said today.
Up to now the Union for Democracy has held nine Karabakh forums.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
Participants of the forum think that the countries-mediators want to attract Nagorno-Karabakh as a part of the negotiation process. "Azerbaijan should specify the time of the referendum over the status of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan must abandon the mission of mediation, which is contrary to the public interest", the message said.
The Union for Democracy was created after the parliamentary elections in 2005 by the opposition parties of the Classic Popular Front Party, Azadliq and National Democracy. In early September 2008 a Great Party of Azerbaijan was included in the Union, and in November - People's Party. The Union is the body of cooperation and the meetings of these parties. In October 2009, the National Democratic Party left the Union. A decision was made to include the National Liberation Party in the Union.