Armenia Refuses Organize Visit of Azerbaijani Community’s Head to Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr K. Ramazanova / Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister, Araz Azimov, considers organization of the next meeting of the representatives of Azerbaijani and Armenian intelligentsia to be impossible for the time being.
According to Azimov, the situation is much tensioned now. He said that Azerbaijani side wants to organize a visit of the head of Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh Community, Nizami Bahramov, to the occupied territories, however, Armenia does not agree. "We do not know what Armenia is afraid of?" he said.
The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding Districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations. .