Azerbaijan hopes Lithuania's chairmanship to OSCE will intensify process of resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 18 /Trend, M.Aliyev/
Azerbaijan hopes that during Lithuania's chairmanship to the OSCE, the process of resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will intensify, Vice-Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, head of the Azerbaijani mission to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Bahar Muradova told reporters on Tuesday.
Lithuania has promised to pay attention to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue during its chairmanship to the OSCE, she said. According to the Vice-Speaker, Armenia will continue to demonstrate non-constructive position in resolving the conflict during the year as well.
From Jan. 1 this year the OSCE chairmanship shifted from Kazakhstan to Lithuania.
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, with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, comprising Russia, France, and the U.S., currently engaged in the peace negotiations.
Armenia has still not implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.