Deputy Minister: Nagorno-Karabakh settlement is one of directions of EU-Azerbaijan association agreement
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 16 / Trend I. Khalilova /
Resolving of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be discussed with the EU in future within the political dialogue. It is one of the areas of the discussed association agreement, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev told media at a press conference.
We would like the EU position on this issue to be more active, deputy minister said.
"In May the European Parliament adopted a development strategy for the South Caucasus. The need for the withdrawal of Armenian forces from occupied Azerbaijani territories is clearly indicated there. This encourages us to respect the EU's position to resolve the conflict," Mammadguliyev said.
"The EU is not involved in this matter. It supports the OSCE Minsk Group's activity. It unequivocally supports the peaceful settlement of the problem," the EU representative John Caher told media.
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 resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.