Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 5 /Trend, M.Aliyev/
Azerbaijani representative's presence in the OSCE fact-finding mission is important, deputy chairperson of the Azerbaijani Parliament, head of the Azerbaijani delegation in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Bahar Muradova said in her interview to the official website of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party.
"The OSCE fact-finding mission in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is a positive case. We are informing the international community about the conflict results, but opinion of the co-chairs and OSCE experts is also important alongside with it," Muradova said.
The OSCE fact-finding mission will investigate the situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Muradova reminded that first such mission was sent to the region in 2005, but later there were no concrete steps despite Azerbaijani side raised this issue many times. She positively appreciated the mission's activity in the region, but said it would be early to talk about the results of the mission. "I hope the mission will be objective and will prepare a report describing real situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The unbiased report will be important for the international organizations, including UN during the discussion of these issues, which can lead to the adoption of the documents. I would like the Minsk Group co-chairs and other experts visiting the region describe real situation in their report," 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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.