OIC Calls International Community to Protest Against Armenian Aggression Towards Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 5 March / corr Trend S.Agayev / The Islamic countries will anew protest against the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, and demand an unconditional and full withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the occupied territory of Azerbaijan.
Heads of state of OIC member-countries plans to adopt a resolution, at the summit due in Senegal on 12-14 March, to call upon the international community to recognize the Armenian aggression and take measures on rehabilitation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani embassy in Saudi Arabia accredited in OIC told Trend on 5 March.
In 1988, the conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began due to the Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. In December 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh- excluding Shusha and Khojali went out of the control of 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.
The OIC has repeatedly condemned the occupation of Azerbaijani territory by Armenia; this country's belligerent policy drew attention of the world community toward this problem.
Azerbaijan entered the organization in 1991. The OIC was founded on 25 September, 1969 during a conference of heads of state and government of Muslim countries in Rabat, Morocco. the key objective of the OIC's activities are the strengthening of Islamic solidarity, assistance to cancellation of rice discrimination and colonization; maintenance of peace and international security; support to the people of Palestine and its struggle for their rights, including the liberation of occupied territory, support to struggle of Islamic countries for their liberty; establishment of conditions for cooperation among OIC member-countries. The OIC unites 57 countries and 10 supervisor-countries.
Azerbaijan is expected to participate in the forthcoming summit at the top level. The key topics of the summit will be solidarity of Islam, impacts of current situation on the Islamic countries, Islamic phobia and Palestinian issue. In the run up to the summit, the OIC experts and foreign ministers of OIC member-countries will meet up in the capital of Senegal.