Deputy Speaker: Azerbaijan expects more from OSCE summit on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 20 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
One can expect results in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the OSCE summit in Astana, Azerbaijani Deputy Speaker said.
"We expect more from the OSCE summit, which takes place ten years after the previous summit on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Azerbaijani Parliament's Deputy Speaker Bahar Muradova told Trend today.
The summit will be held on Dec. 1-2 and bring together the heads of states and governments of 56 OSCE member countries and 12 OSCE partner countries, as well as the heads of 68 international organizations. The last summit was held in Istanbul in 1999.
According to Muradova, OSCE Minsk Group's activity has expanded on the eve of the summit.
"The presidents have repeatedly met in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. If we take into account that Russia's efforts to resolve the conflict have increased, we can expect any results," Muradova said.
According to Muradova, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that within this summit principles may be agreed and a document that reflects these principles may be adopted.
"Of course, if such a document is signed, it will be a great base for the next round of talks. An important condition in this process is a demonstration of constructive position by Armenia," Muradova 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.