Azerbaijani Parliament Deputy Speaker: adoption of UN resolution on occupied territories to put pressure on Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 4 / Trend M. Aliyev /
The adoption of a UN resolution reflecting the situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan would put diplomatic pressure on Armenia, the Deputy Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, Ziyafet Askerov, told local media on Saturday.
"I am confident that the just cause of Azerbaijan will once again prevail. That is, at least, Azerbaijan will be backed by the UN. This will make Armenia seriously consider its actions," Askerov said.
A number of documents related to the South Caucasus will be considered at the plenary session of UN General Assembly to be held on Sept. 7. A draft resolution entitled "The situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan" will be considered at the meeting.
"Now Armenia must take the decision to liberate the occupied territories," Askerov 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 seven 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 negotiations to resolve the dispute.
Armenia has failed to implement UN Security Council resolutions stipulating the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.