Deputy Speaker: Particular attention to be paid to discussion of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem during OSCE Parliamentary Assembly chairman's visit to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 2, Trend A. Huseynbala
Particular attention will be paid to examination of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during OSCE Parliamentary Assembly chairman's visit to Azerbaijan, said the Azerbaijani deputy parliamentary speaker.
"The core theme of discussions to be held at the sidelines of a visit by Joao Soares, Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, will be Azerbaijan's activity in the organization and main problems of the region," Bahar Muradova, deputy parliamentary speaker and
Azerbaijani head of the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly told reporters on Tuesday.
A team of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly led by the organization's Chairman Joao Soares and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Envoy on Nagorno-Karabakh Goran Lenmarker will visit Azerbaijan in the beginning of March.
An important component of the visit is examination of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its solution by means of the OSCE. "Given that on his visit the Chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be accompanied by the Special Envoy on Nagorno-Karabakh Goran Lenmarker, I suppose that the discussions will focus on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem," Muradova said.
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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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