Baku to Use All Chances for Peaceful Settlement of Karabakh Conflict – Azerbaijani Ambassador in Russia
Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 March / Trend / Baku will use all chances for peaceful settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, Polad Bul-Buloglu, the Azerbaijani Ambassador in the Russian Federation, stated his interview to Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper.
"The Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev noted in his statements that stakes were made on force for recent. Force will be decisive fact in solution of most disputable issues. I would like to note that Azerbaijan will use chances to settle the conflict through peace ways. We do not want bloodshed from the both sides," he stated.
Bul-Buloglu touched upon the voting to UN General Assembly resolution, developed by Azerbaijan. "Voting against the resolution, Co-chairs created very complex situation. I cannot imagine how they visit Azerbaijan again. The key principle of intermediation, neutrality was violated. How could such representatives to act as mediators?
Touching upon the Karabakh negotiations, Ambassador said that he supported attraction of East European countries to the process. According to Bul-Buloglu, there is need to active the potential of other members of OSCE Minsk Group. "We cannot dispense without Russia in the region and United States as well. I believe that the issue is to draw fresh players. Why we should not draw East European countries, like Romania and Poland?" he stated.
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.