Azerbaijani parliament deputy speaker: Armenia once again demonstrates unconstructive position
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 20 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
The Armenian side has once again demonstrated the unconstructive position. It sufficiently diminished the significance of the meeting, Deputy Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE Bahar Muradova told the website of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party.
"The issue is on the agenda within the meeting and the statement of Foreign Ministers of co-chairing countries concerning this issue are the positive effects," Muradova said.
A meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers Elmar Mammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian was held as part of the informal summit of the OSCE member-states in Almaty July 17.
Muradova said that there were great expectations from the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministries in Almaty.
"A long way was passed in connection with the peaceful settlement of the conflict up to now. This meeting was also held within the meeting of Foreign Ministers of OSCE member-states. All these factors increased the importance of this meeting", she said.
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.