Baku Urges Russia to State its Support to Territorial Integrity of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, 16 April / corr Trend K.Ramazanova / Baku considers that Russia ought to state its support to the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and within the frames of the internationally recognized state borders.
"We only hear that Russia will accept the agreement which the sides will reach," Araz Azimov, the Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister, stated in talks with the journalists in Baku on 16 April.
He said that it is not enough to support only the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. "It is necessary to support in reality, the solution to the conflict on the basis of territorial integrity," he said.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, 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 at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.