Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be solved, if Armenia to respect territorial integrity principle: Azerbaijani President

Politics Materials 16 February 2009 18:37 (UTC +04:00)

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be resolved, if Armenia will respect the principle of territorial integrity, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said after the meeting with Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

"The principle of territorial integrity secured in international law must be observed so that to resolve the conflict. I think that if Armenia is to respect this principle, the issue would be resolved," ITAR-TASS quoted Aliyev as saying.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.