Indian new gov't not to change policy toward Azerbaijan: ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 9 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
India's new government will not change its policy toward Azerbaijan.
"Recently, India has held the parliamentary elections and a new government has been formed. India always supported Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and supports the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement through a peace way," Indian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Debnath Shaw told journalists on June 9.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
The ambassador also said the embassy offered the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry to hold consultations between the ministries in Baku in the first half of 2009. "We have not yet received an answer to our proposal," Shaw said.