Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Agayeva / The Azerbaijan Government will continue to take measures for the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh in 2008. "We believe that the chances for the peaceful settlement of the conflict have not exhausted," stated Khazar Ibrahim, the Foreign Ministry's press-secretary at the press-conference.
"We cannot say that no success was achieved on the issue in 2007. In 2007, Azerbaijan managed to strengthen its position in the international arena," he stated.
During 2007,one meeting by Presidents, four meetings by Foreign Ministers of the both countries, as well as a range of meetings with OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, were held.
The Inclusion of the frozen conflicts among the GUAM member-countries issues to the UN General Assembly's agenda, is one of the relevant achievements of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan intends to continue to take measures to pass a special resolution to the UN about the frozen conflicts in GUAM member-countries.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to the Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven neighboring districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement which ended the active hostilities. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding the peaceful negotiations.