Azerbaijani, Italian FMs mull Karabakh conflict in Baku (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 7
By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that he discussed the ways of settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with his Italian counterpart in Baku.
Mammadyarov made the remarks Nov. 7 during a briefing on the negotiations with Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
“Italy will chair the OSCE in 2018 and I informed the foreign minister about the negotiation process on the conflict’s settlement,” noted the Azerbaijani foreign minister. “We have discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral and international cooperation.”
Expansion of cooperation in the energy sector, promotion of the “Made in Azerbaijan” brand in Italy, interparliamentary cooperation and others were on the agenda, added Mammadyarov.
Paolo Gentiloni, for his part, noted that Italy is ready to put effort to peacefully resolve all frozen conflicts, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, during its OSCE chairmanship in 2018.
“Italy also intends to pay special attention to the development of democratic processes in the OSCE area,” said the Italian foreign minister.
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.