MP says Azerbaijan’s development is substantial support in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.18 / Trend E.Mehdiyev /
Azerbaijan's development is the substantial support in solving all its problems, including resolving the most important problem - the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, MP Aydin Mirzazadeh told Trend on Tuesday.
Mirzazadeh noted that at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on the socio-economic development in 2011 and impending challenges in 2012 President Ilham Aliyev clearly stated that Armenian troops should be withdrawn from Azerbaijan's occupied lands, and Armenia which is continuing to pursue an annexationist policy, will increasingly be faced with serious problems.
"Positions and proposals suggested by President Ilham Aliyev to defend the territorial integrity make Azerbaijan's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict very principled," Mirzazadeh said.
At large the Azerbaijani President's speech was challenge made to Armenia. This is an opportunity to create conditions for its further development and future in case of unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijan's occupied territories, Mirzazadeh said.
"This speech reflects a position of all Azerbaijanis, faith of Azerbaijani people in today and in the future," Mirzazadeh noted. "I consider this policy will lead to liberation of Azerbaijani territories from occupation in a short time."
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.