Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 January / Trend corr. I.Alizadeh / If Armenia will liberate the occupied Azerbaijani territories it may improve relations not only with Azerbaijan but also with Turkey, MP Rafael Huseynov, a member of the Azerbaijani delegation, stated during the PACE winter session dedicated to the border cooperation issues.
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 neighbouring 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.
OSCE Minsk Group mediates in peaceful regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Ukrainian MP Ivan Popesk is the author of the report on trans border cooperation by PACE Committee on environment, local and regional problems.
The MP from Azerbaijan noted about the importance of normal relations of bordering states to establish cooperation.
Huseynov stated that about 20% of the Azerbaijani territories have been occupied by Armenians for fifteen years. The issue has been reflected in PACE several documents the resolution 1416, passed on 25 January 2005.
Huseynov noted that Azerbaijan is interested in the cooperation with all bordering countries including Armenia. However, the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Armenia is possible only after the liberation of the occupied territories.