For a peaceful Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, All Parties Should be Involved: PACE Rapporteur
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend K.Ramazanova / The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's rapporteur, Leo Platveot, considered that for a peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, all parties should be involved. Commenting on the so-called presidential elections in the Nagorno-Karabakh, Platveot said that they are not recognized by any state, not even Armenia, so this president will be a lonely figure in an international context. On the other hand for a peaceful settlement all parties should be involved, also the people who are now living in the Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as the people who are refugees from the Nagorno-Karabakh who are now living in Azerbaijan should be involved.
According to the rapporteur, an 'elected president' of the Nagorno-Karabakh can play a role in this peaceful settlement but only in this context: as a leader of the Armenian population of the Nagorno-Karabakh and within the framework of international resolutions (UN) which demand the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries broke out in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijani lands including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. Since 1992 to the present time, these territories have been under Armenian occupation. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire agreement at which time active hostilities ended. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are holding peaceful negotiations.