Community: Azerbaijani IDPs must return to their native lands
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 15 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
The Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh met with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Joao Soares.
"The community noted IDP's desire to return to their native land during the meeting with the chairman of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and OSCE special representative on the Nagorno-Karabakh Goran Lennmarker. The community's each member stated that Armenia not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Community's Board Member, MP Havva Mammadova, who also attended the meeting, told Trend .
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.
The condition on ensuring the security of IDPs during their return to their native land was introduced as main term as the Nagorno-Karabakh region is not a controlled region.
"We noted that IDPs live in over 50 regions of Azerbaijan and OSCE and other international organizations should try to ensure the security of each of them while returning to Khankendi," she added.
The MP said Community Leader Bayram Safarov informed the OSCE officials about the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan. As a result of aggression the Azerbaijani territories were occupied and more than one million people have become IDPs, he said.
According to Safarov, the international community, including OSCE, must explicitly call the occupier, which is Armenia.
The Armenian community in Nagorno-Karabakh cannot join the negotiation process on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Lennmarker said earlier. "There is a well-known format for the negotiations within the OSCE Minsk Group. They should continue in this format," Lennmarker told journalists in Baku.
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