Baku, Azerbaijan, April 11
By Anvar Mammadov – Trend:
The settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be further discussed in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Samad Seyidov, chairman of Azerbaijani parliament’s Committee on international and inter-parliamentary relations, told Trend April 11.
He said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a big tangle of problems and discussions on this issue have never ceased.
“The fact is that there are two types of discussions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. One of them is direct discussions on the conflict, which are being conducted in the OSCE. Meanwhile, there are so-called indirect discussions related to refugee problems, humanitarian aspects, issues of the Sarsang reservoir, access to water. All these problems are connected with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Of course, all issues were discussed, are being discussed, and will be discussed at PACE meetings,” added Seyidov.
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.