Azerbaijan urges Armenia to comply with calls to launch peace agreement
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 6
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Armenia's leadership must understand that only after the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as required by the international community and the UN Security Council resolutions, peace, security and stability can be restored in the region, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev told reporters.
He was commenting on Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian's statement that Azerbaijan allegedly stalemates the negotiations.
Hajiyev said that instead of making meaningless statements, the Armenian leadership must start working on a peace agreement, as required by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, the presidents of the world countries.
Nalbandian, who is on a working visit to Munich February 5, met with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen. They discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peaceful settlement. During the meeting Nalbandian once again accused Azerbaijan.
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.
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