Italian senator hopes for new initiatives to support dialogue in Karabakh talks
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 1
Chairman of Italy-Azerbaijan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group, member of Italy’s ruling Five Star Movement (M5S) party Senator Stefano Lucidi expressed hope for new initiatives to maintain dialogue between the parties to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Trend reports with reference to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
Lucidi was delivering speech at a plenary session in the Italian parliament.
The senator stressed that for more than 20 years, Armenia has been keeping the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and seven adjacent districts under military occupation.
Lucidi added that while speaking of this conflict, it is important to emphasize the four UN Security Council resolutions adopted in 1993, demanding the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, and which haven’t been implemented yet, and it is also important to recall the resolution of the European Parliament dated Oct. 23, 2013.
He also expressed hope that new initiatives will be launched to maintain a dialogue between the parties, and the conflict that lasts for a long time will be resolved.
Video footage of the speech is available below:
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.
During the Karabakh war, on Feb. 25-26, 1992, the Armenian armed forces, together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops, stationed in Khankendi, committed an act of genocide against the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. As many as 613 people, including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old people were killed in the massacre. Eight families were totally exterminated, 130 children lost one parent and 25 children lost both. Some 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people still remains unknown.
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 Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.