Azerbaijani PM: Armenia's unconstructive position once again demonstrated at CIS summit
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.3 / Trend /
Armenia, which is the CIS member, commits aggression against Azerbaijan , holding under occupation 20 percent of the territories, Azerbaijani Prime Minister Artur Rasizade said at the CIS summit on Saturday . He was commenting on the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's statement, RIA Novosti reports.
" The CIS member has committed aggression against the other country, occupied 20 percent of the territories, which resulted in one million refugees and displaced persons," Rasizade said. "I did not want to darken today's anniversary session, but the Armenian President's statement on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh forces me to do it ."
He said Armenia's unconstructive position in the settlement of the difficult and protracted conflict was once again demonstrated at the CIS summit.
Rasizade added that Azerbaijan will further continue to actively participate in the OSCE Minsk Group and support other initiatives in the hope of "peaceful and just resolution of this issue within the framework of international law".
At the same time, Rasizade thanked the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for efforts taken to resolve the conflict. He expressed the hope that these steps "will be crowned with success."
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.