Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.10
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
A report on the condition of Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced persons will be submitted to the UN, Azerbaijani ambassador to Kuwait Tural Rzayev told Trend Feb. 10.
"The report will be prepared following the representative of the UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, President of the International Islamic Charitable Fund of Kuwait, Abdullah Matouq Al-Matouq's visit to Azerbaijan in the near future," he said.
During the visit, Abdullah Matouq Al-Matouq will hold meetings with officials of the country. The cooperation on humanitarian assistance to Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced persons will be discussed.
As a result of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, more than a million Azerbaijanis turned into refugees and internally displaced people.
Rendering assistance to refugees and internally displaced persons, improving of their living conditions and other measures in this area are always in the spotlight of the country. The last tent camp for refugees and internally displaced persons was eliminated in Azerbaijan in December 2007.
According to the Azerbaijani State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, the funds worth 5.1 billion AZN have been allocated to resolve the social problems of persons of this category for the last twenty years. Around 2.1 billion AZN were spent to improve their living conditions.
Around 1.8 billion AZN of these funds were allocated through the State Oil Fund of 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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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