Armenia Should Refrain from Extreme Position to Separate Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan – Deputy Minister (video)
Azerbaijan, Baku, 29 May / Trend corr. S.Agayeva / Armenia should refrain from its extreme position to separate Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan, Araz Azimov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, stated to journalists on 29 may.
The next negotiations between the Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents, which will be held in St.Petersburg in early June, is aimed to get a clear picture of official Yerevan's position regarding settlement of the conflict.
"The further steps on regulation of the conflict depend on the principles of the sides. If there will be differences in the positions, then there is no sense to continue these negotiations," the Deputy Foreign Minister said.
Azimov has confirmed the adherence of official Baku to settle the conflict through peaceful means and within the framework of international norms. " Baku is prepared to continue negotiations within the framework of Prague process," Azimov said.
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 neighboring 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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