PACE’s Rapporteur’s Visit to Region Postponed After Protest by Azerbaijan: Parliament
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / The visit of Edward O'Hara, PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) Rapporteur on the Cultural Heritage in the South Caucasus has been postponed after Azerbaijan protested it, Azerbaijani Parliament reported.
The head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE, MP Samad Seidov, explained the official position of Azerbaijan to Mateo Sorinas, the General Secretary of the organization.
All international organizations recognize the territorial sovereignty of Azerbaijan, Seidov noted. An international mission can visit the Azerbaijani occupied territories only on the basis of admission by official Baku.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 as a result of territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenia Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan's land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. 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 the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.