Azerbaijan, Baku, March.12 / Trend S.Agayeva/
Houses and apartments provided to IDPs by the state are not to be sold or exchanged, Ali Hasanov, deputy prime minister and chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, said.
"These houses and apartments are for temporary housing and they belong to the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs in Azerbaijan," Hasanov told journalists.
The government is working hard to improve housing conditions for IDPs from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan by Armenia. In the near future a new building with 70 apartments in the Ramana settlement will be commissioned for IDPs. Also, the construction of a five-story building in Yevlakh will begin, a three-and five-storey buildings will be completed in Goranboy and Olympic complexes will be commissioned in Agdam and the Horadiz settlement of the Fizuli region.
"We have a lot of finished projects to improve the living conditions of IDPs and if the government allocates new funds, we are ready to implement them," the deputy prime minister 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 seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the United States- are currently holding peace negotiations.
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