Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.29
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Instead of using the human rights issues as a tool of pressure on Azerbaijan, the US representative to OSCE would better to pay attention to the fact of mass violation of rights of more than a million Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs as a result of occupation of the country's territories by Armenia, Azerbaijani MP, political analyst Asim Mollazade told Trend on Nov.29.
He was commenting on the criticism by the Deputy Chief of the US Mission to the OSCE Kate Marie Byrnes against Azerbaijan during the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.
He said OSCE hasn't achieved any progress towards peace throughout more than 20 years.
All the fundamental principles of the OSCE have been violated, the organization's member - Armenia - has occupied the territories of the neighboring country, said the MP.
Mollazade went on to add that notwithstanding the UN Security Council resolutions, Armenia hasn't been criticized and no sanctions have been imposed on this country so far.
He said resolutions have been adopted against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, however, for some reason, the occupation of Azerbaijani territories is forgotten,
Mollazade said it seems that today, while discussing the issues related to the civil society and human rights, attempts are made to divert the attention from the main issues related to security and territorial integrity of OSCE countries.
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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.