Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 1 / Trend A.Gasimova /
Germany - South Caucasus Parliamentary Friendship Group member, MP Manfred Grund will arrive in Azerbaijan on Nov. 5 to observe the upcoming parliamentary elections in the framework of the OSCE ODIHR Observation Mission, the German Embassy in Azerbaijan reported.
The parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for Nov. 7. Previous elections were held in November 2005. The elections in Azerbaijan are held by the majority system in 125 constituencies.
Grund enjoys great respect in Azerbaijan mainly thanks to his invaluable assistance during Bundestag's adoption of the resolution on the conflicts in South Caucasus on May 20, 2009. In this resolution, the Bundestag demanded the German government to actively contribute to Armenia's implementation of the resolutions by the UN and OSCE and Council of Europe on the conflict resolution.
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 and the surrounding regions.
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