Azerbaijani opposition parties’ chairmen hold discussions
Azerbaijan, Baku, August 17 / Trend, T. Hajiyev /
A meeting was held between the Azerbaijani National Independence Party chairman Yusif Bagirzade, Azerbaijan Classic Popular Front Party chairman Mirmahmud Miralioghlu and the Great Azerbaijan Party chairman Isa Musayev, Ali Orujov, the ANIP spokesman told Trend.
"The meeting discussed appeals addressed to the country's public some time ago concerning ways to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Chairmen of both parties said that ANIP's position is right and that they support this appeal. They support steps aimed at resolving the Nagorno- Karabakh conflict," Orujov said.
The Azerbaijan National Independence Party's appeal addressed some time ago to the country's public, proposes to abandon OSCE Minsk Group's mediation on the Nagorno-Karabakh 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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
According to Orujov, chairmen of political parties wish to have this issue on the agenda.
"Also an agreement has been reached on cooperation in this field. It was decided to prepare a plan and organize events, as well as the use all means to achieve national solidarity in the Nagorno-Karabakh problem," he said.