Azerbaijani intelligentsia does not plan visit to Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 27 / Trend M. Aliyev /
The representatives of the Azerbaijani intelligentsia do not plan to visit Nagorno-Karabakh in the near future, taking into account the complex situation resulting from Armenian officials' recent statements, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu told the press on Tuesday.
"Armenia is a neighboring country," the ambassador said, "which also has an intelligentsia. Of course, this conflict will be resolved one day and we will be forced to live together."
He said that about 30,000 Armenians live in Baku today.
"So it is possible to live together," Bulbuloglu said.
The Azerbaijani side is doing everything possible to resolve the conflict peacefully; this should be explained to the opposite side while meeting creative people and the intelligentsia, he said.
Azerbaijani intellectuals repeatedly visited Nagorno Karabakh and met with Armenian intelligentsia.
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 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.