Lithuanian ex-president: Nagorno-Karabakh problem must be resolved peacefully
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 16 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
The Nagorno-Karabakh problem must be resolved peacefully. There is no other way to resolve the conflict, Lithuanian ex-president and former chairman of the Sejm, member of the European Parliament Vytautas Landsbergis said.
Azerbaijan must defend its just position in all international organisations, he said at a meeting with students of the Academy of Public Administration in Baku today.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 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.
Lithuania is interested in restoring peace and stability in the South Caucasus region. Azerbaijan is a developing country which Europe needs, he added.
He said that Azerbaijan has the right to apply to the EU with a request to mediate in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.