Azerbaijan, Baku, March 4 / Trend T.Hajiyev /
Ordinary Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh want to live in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Community in Nagorno-Karabakh Chief Bayram Safarov told Trend today.
They experience great financial difficulties. Only 3-5 percent live well, he said. The rest suffer. The population knows that Nagorno-Karabakh is an Azerbaijani territory and sooner or later these lands will be returned to their owner.
"I believe that 2010 will be a turning point in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem," he 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.
Foreign nationals, including Armenian citizens, who travel to Nagorno-Karabakh without Azerbaijan's permission, violate the country's state border and the relevant actions must be taken toward those individuals.