Azerbaijan, Baku, March 19 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
Armenia remains a serious source of threat to peace and security in the South Caucasus, said National Security Minister of Azerbaijan Eldar Mahmudov. According to the minister, with regards to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Ministry continuously strengthens both operational and propagandistic activities.
"Armenia is a serious threat to peace and security in the South Caucasus, its efforts to expand the harmful activities in order to prevent the implementation of international projects of strategic importance are always on the focus of attention," National Security Minister, Lieutenant-General Eldar Mahmudov said in an interview with the Azerbaijan newspaper.
According to Mahmudov, the progress made recently in the field of information fight against Armenia should be particularly mentioned. "Now the information combat with the enemy is carried out in a thoughtful, planned manner, in cooperation with the relevant state agencies. Materials are prepared, including movies and video reels that serve to expose the Armenian terrorism, highlight the history, political and legal aspects of the conflict, Armenia's recognition as an aggressive state, the work on this topic by known representatives of science, our intelligentsia and other countries are spread in various countries in foreign languages," said the Minister.
According to him, consistent and purposeful work being done in this regard by the State Commission on prisons of war, hostages and missing citizens must also be noted. "Only last year, more than 33,000 copies in dozens of titles of items, books and videos exposing the aggressive policy of Armenia connected with the fate of missing persons and hostages have been spread inside and outside Azerbaijan," said Makhmudov.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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