Nothing Strange in Armenian Interior Minister’s Visit to Baku: Azerbaijani Deputy Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Agayeva / " Azerbaijan and Armenia are full members of the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and have a range of obligations before the organization. There is nothing strange in the Armenian Interior Minister's visit to Baku, as he is to attend at the meeting of CIS countries," Vagif Sadikhov, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, said to journalists commenting on the position of official Baku regarding Armenian minister to Baku.
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.
Azerbaijani officials visited Yerevan several times and attending meetings of different international organizations, the deputy Foreign Minister said.
"The more often Armenians visit Baku the more they become familiar with development and prospecting in Azerbaijan," Sadikhov said.