Vice speaker: Discussion of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the UN General Assembly is important for Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 8 /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
Discussion of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the UN General Assembly is important for Azerbaijan, Deputy Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova said in an interview with yap.org.az.
"When international instruments do not work, it is natural to express an opinion that the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has exhausted. But given the balance of international forces and interests of international community and when there are facts showing the ability to undertake decisive steps if necessary, it is possible to conclude that the opportunities have not exhausted. Simply a political decision and specific actions are necessary for it," said Muradov.
Everybody is aware of the possibility of the international force and what tools of pressure they possess, Muradov said. Simply there is no decision on their use. If there would be a decision that this conflict must be ended, it could be done at the same time, said Muradova.
"It would be reasonable to again discuss "
"Within the UN, it would be wise to reconsider the situation in the occupied territories and make an appropriate decision. Of course, this factor will help strengthen the diplomatic positions of Azerbaijan. It is also important in terms of clarifying the positions of some countries. Describing this issue on the agenda of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly is very important because expressing position on this matter during the ceasefire, when civilians are often killed, property is damaged, national and cultural richness is destroyed is a task that is included in the mandate of this organization. From this point of view, the discussion of the conflict situation in the UN and other international organizations can have a positive impact on the solution of the problem," said Muradov.
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.