Azerbaijani official: Just solution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is most needed for Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 15 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
Azerbaijani Presidential Administration's International Relations Department Head Novruz Mammadov believes Armenia is not going to take a constructive approach in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to put an end to this problem.
"They can not do so for whatever reason. However, one should understand that today a fair resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is necessary for Armenia," Mammadov told the official website of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party today.
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.
According to Mammadov, the Armenians have to think about their plight and to prevent future tragedies.
"The surest way for Armenia is to take a constructive attitude and give guarantees in connection with the resolution of the conflict", he said.
Speaking about the current situation in the negotiating process, the official said that the chairmen made their efforts in this.
"They must meet with the Armenian Foreign Minister. After the meeting, the Co-Chairs may, will pay a visit to the region. They will pay a visit to report to the presidents on the progress made during the period since the Sochi meeting and the situation that followed it," he said.
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