Azerbaijan, Baku, September 27 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
Research by the OSCE Assessment Mission will play an important role in revealing the truth about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and distributing it worldwide, the chairman of the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno Karabakh,
Bayram Safarov, said in an interview with the ruling New Azerbaijan Party today.
"The OSCE Assessment Mission's visit to the occupied regions of Azerbaijan and its research are very important for us because this mission's research will be important to identify the truth and spread it throughout the world," Safarov said.
According to a statement made by the Minsk Group on Saturday, the OSCE Assessment Mission will visit the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in early October.
Safarov said that Azerbaijan has always said that there is a lack of control in the occupied territories and that Armenia has destroyed historical and material values in these territories. He said that despite this, Armenia continues to refute these charges.
"Therefore, we attach great importance to the visit of the mission to the region and its research. The inclusion of the UN representatives in the mission shows the seriousness of the issue. I believe that participation of the trusted international organization, like the UN, in this process, will benefit the common cause," Safarov said.
The community chairman said that Armenia is delaying the negotiation process under various pretexts. It is time to take serious steps against the occupiers, he said.
"The UN must express a particular position on the conflict. Hundreds of thousands of people from the occupied territories have become refugees and internally displaced people. The international organization must protect the rights of these people. The facts of Armenian occupation policy must be proven. From this perspective, the OSCE Assessment Mission's research can play a huge role, " Safarov 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.