Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5
By Anaxanum Hidayatova - Trend:
Nagorno-Karabakh is part of the territory of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenians; and Kashmir , a controversial area claimed by India, which denies the Kashmiri people's right to self-determination, given by the UN Security Council resolutions, Pakistan's ambassador to Azerbaijan Khalid Usman Qaiser said at the event held at the embassy of Pakistan in Azerbaijan Feb. 5.
The event was dedicated to the Kashmir Solidarity Day, which is celebrated on February 5.
"Azerbaijan and Pakistan stand for resolving the conflicts peacefully," Qaiser said. "Nagorno-Karabakh conflict threatens regional security."
"The similarity of the two conflicts is that the UN Security Council resolutions are not fulfilled regarding these conflicts," he said. "The international law principles are violated. The people are resettled. The religious monuments are desecrated. The cultural heritage is destroyed. The ceasefire is violated. The attempts are made to change the demographic structure of the occupied territories."
He said that Pakistan has always supported and will continue supporting Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
The Kashmir dispute is the most acute, conflict and intractable issue for India and Pakistan over the past 60 years. The tense situation persists up until now with periodic terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, taking hostages and killing, as well as armed clashes along the India-Pakistan border.
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 four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by CN