Azerbaijani opposition parties in various ways approach idea of joint actions on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 30 / Trend , J.Babaeva /
Opposition parties in Azerbaijan in various ways approach the idea of joint actions in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"It is wrong to refuse the proposal of the sides, who make initiatives in negotiations. After the proposal, the intentions of the initiator will be visible, after which it is possible to express a particular attitude," chairman of the Citizen and Development Party, which is represented in the Azadlyg bloc, Ali Aliyev told Trend on July 30.
The parties represented in the Union for Democracy made an initiative of holding joint mass actions to protest against the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of Madrid principles. A working group of public-political organizations and intellectuals was established in order to conduct negotiations on the mass protests. The time of holding actions will be known after the talks.
The Union for Democracy was created after the 2005 parliamentary elections. It brings together the Classic Popular Front Party, Azadlyg Party, National-Democratic Party, Great Azerbaijan Party and People's Party.
Azerbaijan Democratic Party of (ADP) finds nonsense the step to hold mass actions to protest against the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of Madrid principles.
"The intervention of certain restrictive practices in such a punctilious problem as Nagorno-Karabakh will lead to the complication of the problem. If the Madrid principles do not meet the national interests, the government of Azerbaijan will not agree upon them. The updated principles have not been announced yet. Still it is unknown whether the new principles meet the interests of Azerbaijan," ADP chairman Sardar Jalaloglu told Trend on July 30.
Jalaloglu said that if pressure will be put on the government of Azerbaijan to make concessions in the conflict, then there will be a need for joint mass actions of the government and opposition.
In this way it is possible to show the whole world that Azerbaijani community takes a united position in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Mass actions of opposition with the participation of 300-500 people will not give significant results. "I am categorically against political conjuncture in the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict," said ADP chairman.
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.
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