Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 3
By Anakhanum Hidayatova - Trend:
It is important to lay the basics for future cooperation between Azerbaijan and Armenia, James Warlick, the OSCE Minsk Group US co-chairman told Trend Feb. 3.
He made the remark commenting on the report, titled "Intentional deprivation of the residents of the Azerbaijani border regions of water", adopted at a session of the PACE.
Water resources can be one of the aspects of future cooperation, according to him.
"We hope that relevant technical experts can discuss these and other issues in the interest of the region," he said.
On Jan. 26 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted report, titled "Intentional deprivation of the residents of the Azerbaijani border regions of water", prepared by MP Milica Markovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
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.
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