Azerbaijani minister: Armenia's occupation policy conditioned by double world standards
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 23 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Armenia's ongoing occupation policy is linked with double standards applied in the world, the Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev said at today's meeting with Air Vice Marshall Graham Howard, Assistant Chief of the Defense Staff (Logistic Operations) of Great Britain, the ministry reported.
Abiyev informed the guest about the military-political situation in the South Caucasus and the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands. He underscored that the occupation lasts for 20 years, negotiations within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group did not yield any results, and four UN resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have yet to be fulfilled.
He linked all of the above-mentioned facts with double standards pervading the world.
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 U.S. - are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding regions.
The meeting also focused on enhancing bilateral ties. In particular, Howard said that it was time for a bilateral agreement on military cooperation.
Abiyev agreed to this proposal.