Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 31
By Samir Ali - Trend:
The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen's recent statement on Nagorno-Karabakh once again showed that the co-chairmen support only the aggressor and occupation, Bakhtiyar Aliyev, the Azerbaijani MP, told Trend Jan. 30.
Aliyev made this statement in connection with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's criticism over the Minsk Group.
President Aliyev stressed at a meeting with a group of Azerbaijani young people that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen aspire to freeze the conflict, rather than resolve it.
The president said that they do not even put pressure on Armenia, moreover, they protect it from possible problems.
The MP said that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen's recent statement on Nagorno-Karabakh shows that they will never seek for the just and peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"One can say that they deny the fact of occupation of Azerbaijani territories," the MP said.
"Therefore, Azerbaijani citizens express distrust to the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen."
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 withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.