Azerbaijan may raise Nagorno-Karabakh issue in UNSC
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.26 / Trend, S. Agayeva /
Azerbaijan may raise the issue of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the UN Security Council.
"Three of five permanent UN Security Council members - the U.S., Russia and France - are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, and of course, before raising the Nagorno-Karabakh issue in the UN Security Council, we will discuss it with them," Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists while commenting on the Azerbaijani side's possible initiatives as a new non-permanent member of this organization.
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.
Azerbaijan has been elected UNSC nonpermanent member for 2012-2013.
Mammadyarov called Azerbaijan's election to such an authoritative unit of the UN a result of the international community's support.