Baku assesses signing of declaration following Azerbaijani, Armenian and Russian presidents' talks as positive outcome
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 28 / Trend M.Aliyev /
A declaration was signed as a positive outcome of the trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration's Social and Political Department Head Ali Hasanov said. The document clarifies the issues of the returning of prisoners of war and dead bodies of the victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, he added.
He said the Azerbaijani people have been concerned about this problem, particularly the issue of returning the body of Azerbaijani National Hero Mubariz Ibrahimov, for a long time. "I think this issue also will be resolved after yesterday's declaration," Hasanov added.
Astrakhan hosted the trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia - Ilham Aliyev, Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan on Oct.27. The ways of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are discussed there. The parties have signed a declaration, which envisages the return of prisoners of war and takes a humanitarian nature, Medvedev said on Wednesday after the trilateral meeting.
Azerbaijani Armed Forces ensign Mubariz Ibrahimov was killed on June 19 during an armed incident against the Armenian armed forces in the direction of the village Chayli in Tartar region (in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh). The Armenian side refused to hand over Ibrahimov's dead body to Azerbaijan. Few days later, the shocking photos of Ibrahimov's dead body were posted on the Internet by the Armenians.
Any format should be used and any proposals must be discussed to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Hasanov 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.
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