Azerbaijan not to Give Consent for Establishment of Parliamentary Assembly of South Caucasus
Azerbaijan, Baku, 22 April /corr. Trend I.Alizadeh / As long as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not settled, it is impossible to establish Parliamentary Assembly of South Caucasus with participation of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, and the Azerbaijani side will never give its consent for this. "The group of parliamentary initiative of South Caucasus was created to establish relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. However, today no relations have developed between the two countries," Head of the Azerbaijani delegation to group of parliamentary initiative of South Caucasus, MP Siyavush Novruzov, reported to Trend on 22 April.
Several years ago, after the mediation of British NGO Links, group of parliamentary initiative of South Caucasus was created from the representatives of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. The Head of Links, Denis Sammut, made a suggestion to establish Parliamentary Assembly of South Caucasus on the basis of group of parliamentary initiative of South Caucasus.
Novruzov considers that in addition, it is impossible to hold next meetings of group of parliamentary initiative of South Caucasus in Baku or Yerevan.
The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding Districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. 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 USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
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