Foreign ministry: Armenia’s liberation of occupied Azerbaijani territories will move conflict settlement off dead center
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 26 / Trend S. Ahmadova /
Armenia must first withdraw its armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani lands to move the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement off dead center, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at a meeting with a delegation headed by EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Philippe Lefort, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported today.
Mammadyarov spoke about the current state of negotiations on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict settlement, recent meetings and once again informed EU officials about Azerbaijan's position related to the prospects for just settlement of the conflict.
It was stressed at the meeting that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement will contribute to the development of the entire region.
Philippe Lefort informed about his recent visit to the region and his meetings with officials.
EU Special Representative stressed that the EU is interested in developing the region and maintaining the stability.
According to him, the EU attaches great importance to the development of cooperation with Azerbaijan in bilateral format in various fields.
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.