Partial liberation of Azerbaijan's occupied territories out of question
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 9
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in all his statements says that the country's territorial integrity will be restored, and the return of 5-7 regions is out of question, Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told reporters.
Azimov made the remarks commenting on the recent reports about the possibility of returning to Azerbaijan some regions adjacent to Nagorno-Karabakh.
The president stressed in his speech at the 5th session of the heads of Azerbaijani diplomatic services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 7 that besides seven regions, the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh is also under occupation, Azimov noted.
Azerbaijan's position is that the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions should be liberated, the deputy minister said, adding that Azerbaijan has always had this position, which was confirmed by the head of state in his speech.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.
Edited by S.I.