Azerbaijani FM: Preservation of status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unacceptable
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 25 / Trend /
The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved only within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Foreign Minister Elmar Mamadyarov said at a meeting with a delegation of several countries' permanent representatives in the UN, the Foreign Ministry reported.
Mamadyarov stated that preservation of a status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by the international community is unacceptable.
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.
Mamadyarov informed the foreign diplomats, who are on a visit to Azerbaijan, about the country's socio-political life, energy policy and international and regional economic projects, in which Azerbaijan participates.
He also called on the diplomats to support Azerbaijan's candidacy in the election of a UN Security Council non-permanent member for 2012-2013.
The delegation includes diplomats of Cambodia, Benin, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and other countries.