Azerbaijan, Baku, March 15 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Joao Soares believes the OSCE pays great attention to the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"We want all parties to underscore that the conflict cannot be resolved through violent means," Soares told journalists today. "The visit of the OSCE special representative on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict shows that the structure stressed the resolution of the conflict."
An OSCE delegation led by Soares and Lennmarker arrived in Azerbaijan on a three-day visit March 13.
In the framework of the visit, OSCE representatives visited Georgia, Armenia and in Azerbaijan. Negotiations were held in all three countries on the conflict's resolution, as well as the situation after the August 2008 war in Georgia.
This is Soares's first visit to Azerbaijan as the OSCE President. Earlier, he visited the country as an observer to the elections.
"War and violence should be completely excluded," he said.
Regarding Armenia's non-acceptance of the Madrid principles, Soares said the sides must take actions under the agreement signed to solve the conflict.
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.