Dutch top official: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict impedes addressing of regional issues
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 8 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict makes it difficult to address a number of issues in the region, Dutch Parliamentary Speaker Rene Van der Linden told journalists today.
He said the Netherlands stands for a peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"Azerbaijani President demonstrates a constructive position on this issue," Linden said.
Linden has today visited the Alley of Honors to lay a wreath at the tomb of Azerbaijan`s national leader Heydar Aliyev.
He also visited the Alley of Martyrs to commemorate Azerbaijani heroes who gave their lives for the country`s independence and territorial integrity.
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 and the surrounding regions.
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