Azerbaijan to discuss Russian-Armenian military agreement at OSCE PA's session
Azerbaijan, Baku, August 30 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
The Azerbaijani side will discuss Russian-Armenian military agreement at the autumn session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
"Armament of the aggressor country on the basis of Russian-Armenian military agreement will be discussed as part of the autumn session with the OSCE leadership", head of Azerbaijani delegation in OSCE PA, Deputy Speaker Bahar Muradova told the official website of the ruling party "New Azerbaijan".
She said that the Azerbaijani side will express its concern about the stalling of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem in terms of expansion of the Russian army in the Caucasus.
The autumn session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will be held in the Italian city of Palermo October 8-11.
Russia and Armenia signed a protocol last week amending the 1995 bilateral agreement on the Gumri base, extending Moscow's lease by 24 years, RIA Novosti reported. The document was undersigned by the Armenian and Russian defense ministers.
The document was signed after the talks of two presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan. Validity of the contract of 1995 was 25 years. Now the document will be valid 49 years (since 1995).
Muradova said that the session's agenda has included the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"The issues related to the conflict are always raised at the OSCE meetings. The same situation will be at the autumn session of the organization. Thus, rapporteurs and special representatives will report on this subject and give information on progress in solving this problem at a meeting of the Standing Committee. The information on the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group will be given," Deputy Speaker 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 and surrounding regions.