Azerbaijani official: Intensification in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process to affect its fair solution
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 1 /Trend, U.Sadikhova/
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process has intensified recently, and we hope that this will affect the fair solution to the problem within international legal norms,
Novruz Mammadov, head of foreign relations department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, said on June 1.
"I think that today the regional elite and the international community understand and support Azerbaijan's position, even more deeply and more fairly understand the need to resolve this problem," said Mammadov.
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.