OSCE PA should mull Karabakh conflict at Tbilisi session – Azerbaijani MP
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 13
It is very important to hold a separate event on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the 25th annual session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) in Tbilisi, says Azay Guliyev, a member of the Azerbaijani parliament.
The OSCE PA's 25th annual session will be held in the Georgian capital July 1-5.
Speaking to Trend, Guliyev, who is also deputy chairman of the OSCE PA's Political Affairs and Security Committee, has said the ways of the conflict's settlement need to be discussed at that separate event with participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.
Guliyev recalled that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was discussed at a meeting of the OSCE PA Bureau in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Apr. 11.
He expressed hope that it will be possible to hold such a hearing at the OSCE PA's summer session in Tbilisi.
Guliyev went on to say that the OSCE PA should cooperate closely with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement.
"The Minsk Group co-chairs should regularly inform the OSCE PA about the work done, the proposals put forward in connection with the conflict's settlement and the parties' attitude towards them," he added.
The MP said such cooperation and information exchange will make a significant contribution to the conflict's early resolution and create a constructive environment in negotiations.
"Everyone should know that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved in a short time with the early elimination of consequences of Armenia's aggression," said Guliyev adding there is a great need in this regard for effective coordination of the OSCE institutions' activities.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.