Azerbaijan, Baku, July 10 / Trend T.Hajiyev /
The Azerbaijani National Independence Party (ANIP) intends to cooperate with the government, the party's statement on Nagorno-Karabakh problem adopted at its 10th congress says.
"The party is going to cooperate with the government to protect Azerbaijan from pressure, eliminate heavy consequences of the Armenian aggression and ensure returning of one million refugees to their homes in the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. The solution of these problems is possible only in conditions of national unity and mutual trust," the statement says.
The party estimates maintaining of the status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as an obstacle in preservation of the international security and peace, and as promotion to establishment of wide separatism and terrorism.
The party regards acceptable settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by military means and considers it necessary to suspend the talks in this direction within the OSCE.
The ANIP does not make a distinction between national minorities in Azerbaijan and is a strict opponent of granting exclusive rights to any of the national community.
The party believes the updated Madrid principles are contrary to national interests and security of Azerbaijan, as well as to the generally accepted norms of the international conventions. The Azerbaijani State must protect the rights and safety of all citizens, regardless of nationality, religion, race, culture and language. It should create favorable conditions for their future development and prevent outside interference under any pretext.
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.
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