FM: Azerbaijan hopes for global community's strong position in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (UPDATE)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 7 / Trend S. Agayeva /
Azerbaijan hopes for a strong and consistent position of the world community in resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
"Azerbaijan hopes for a strong and consistent position of the international community in resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. It will contribute to establishing lasting peace, stability and an atmosphere of cooperation in the region, as well as to force Armenia to work on a final peace agreement based on the principles proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group, which includes the powerful countries," the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's report of 2010 said.
Ensuring a balance of interests, Azerbaijan increased its activity in foreign policy by achieving progress in restoring territorial integrity, strengthening the position and credibility, international influence and expanding ties in 2011, the report said.
Much work was conducted last year to draw attention to the Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territories and for the appropriate political evaluation of this fact by international organizations such as UN, OSCE, NATO, Council of Europe, the European Union and others.
Azerbaijan has achieved conducing the OSCE field assessment mission in the occupied territories within these efforts. It aimed to study the state of monuments of cultural heritage in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, the report said.
In 2010, Azerbaijan continued to be active in the fields of authoritative international organizations such as UN, OIC, ECO, etc.
Azerbaijan's foreign policy was also aimed at strengthening cooperation with Europe and Euro-Atlantic organizations. In 2010, the mandate of Azerbaijan was approved for launching negotiations with the EU on an association agreement.
Last year was also marked by the development of cooperation with NATO and the completion of the second phase of Individual Partnership Action Plan with NATO
In total, 2010 was marked by high political activity of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who made a large number of official and state visits and received other presidents. A series of meetings of intergovernmental commissions was held last year. As a result, about 100 international documents were signed during the talks between Azerbaijan and 50 countries at different levels, the report said.
A high level of mobilization of all forces in resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict on the basis of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, preserving neighborly relations in the Caspian region creating an atmosphere of high trust, intensifying cooperation and partnership, strengthening the position of an energy-rich country and a stable transit country of hydrocarbons, effective use of the opportunity to contribute to the dialogue between civilizations are the priority on the agenda of the foreign policy of Azerbaijan in 2011, the report said.