Deputy speaker: Armenia must recognise fact of Azerbaijani land occupation
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 22 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
Deputy Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova thinks that Armenia must recognise its occupation of Azerbaijani lands.
Armenia, which has trampled on the principles of international law and continues its aggressive policy must recognise the fact of occupation of Azerbaijani lands, Muradova told media today.
Azerbaijan firmly stressed that another independent country must not be established on the territory of the country. The country will never reconcile itself to the fact its lands being occupied, Muradova said.
She said that proceeding from international law, Azerbaijan will take all measures to restore the rights of its citizens and ensure territorial integrity.
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.