Azerbaijan Defence Minister Says Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Settlement Process Accelerated
Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 November / Trend , corr. J.Babayeva / Azerbaijan Defence Minister Safar Abiyev said that the processes directed to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have been accelerated and intensified recently.
"If the peace talks will not give results, Azerbaijan will use of all the possible ways to restore its territorial integrity," the minister said while receiving General Ilker Bashbug, the Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces General Staff.
Bashbug paid a visit to Azerbaijan by the invitation of Abiyev.
The minister said that the strengthening of the relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey on the recent developments, particularly, combining of efforts on security issues were relevant requirements.
Armenia has occupied 20% of Azerbaijan's lands including Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding seven regions. The occupation began in 1988. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakhїs seven surrounding regions. 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, but fruitless negotiations.
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