Armenia refuses to create working group on Great Peace Agreement
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 18
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Armenia has turned down the proposal to create a working group for working on the Great Peace Agreement within the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told reporters on Mar.18.
Speaking about the negotiation process on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the minister said he is not optimistic about this, since Armenia continues its aggressive rhetoric.
"Old arguments and old issues...Perhaps, all this is directed at the domestic audience," said Mammadyarov.
The foreign minister added that Azerbaijan's position on starting the work on the Great Peace Agreement remains unchanged.
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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