Azerbaijani official: NATO to discuss Nagorno Karabakh during spring session
Azerbaijan, Baku. Nov. 12 / Trend M. Aliyev /
A resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be discussed during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's spring session.
"A resolution on Nagorno Karabakh will be discussed at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's spring session," Azerbaijani First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Ziyafat Asgarov told journalists today.
He added that the discussion of the resolution, which was planned at the autumn session, was postponed due to the Azerbaijani parliamentary elections.
"We have applied to NATO Parliamentary Assembly's head with a letter, in which we note the impossibility of the Azerbaijani delegation's participation (in meeting) in connection with the parliamentary elections and asked to postpone the consideration of the resolution until the next meeting and received a positive response," he 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 United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is taking place in Brussels today.