Azerbaijani FM meets members of TurkPA's international observation mission
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 5 /Trend, M.Aliyev/
Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan
Elmar Mammadyarov met Friday with members of TurkPA's international observation mission, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported.
The discussions focused on the ongoing preparations for the parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan.
Mammadyarov underlined the role of TurkPA in parliamentary diplomacy.
The parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are scheduled for November 7, 2010. Previous parliamentary elections were held in November 2005. Parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan are held by the majority system in 125 constituencies.
On the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Minister told of the negotiation process to settle the dispute and also Azerbaijan's stance on the issue, which he said is based on the norms and principles of international law.
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.