Defense ministries of Azerbaijan and Czech Republic sign first agreement on defense cooperation
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 1 / Trend , K. Zarbaliyeva /
The Ministries of Defense of Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic signed the first agreement on cooperation in the field of defense, Eldar Sabiroglu, head of press service of the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan told Trend on Oct. 1.
During his official visit to Azerbaijan, on Oct. 1, Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister of the Czech Republic Martin Bartak met with Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Safar Abiyev.
Then, the meeting of delegations in the broad composition focused on the prospects of cooperation between the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan in the sphere of military equipment and military education, the current situation in the South Caucasus and the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
According to Abiyev, who informed his Czech counterpart that the talks conducted by the OSCE Minsk Group to resolve the conflict do not give concrete results for more than 15 years, Azerbaijan must return its occupied lands, even by military means. Because Armenia does not want a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
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.
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