Azerbaijani political analyst: Yerevan does not observe agreements reached in Astrakhan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 13 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Conducting military exercises by Armenia in occupied territories of Azerbaijan demonstrates that Yerevan does not observe the agreements reached in Astrakhan, on the initiative of the Russian President, political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu, director of the Center for Political Innovation and Technology, told Trend.
Astrakhan hosted the trilateral meeting of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia - Ilham Aliyev, Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan Oct.27. The parties have signed a declaration, which envisages the return of prisoners of war and bodies of servicemen.
"Conducting military exercises by Armenia in occupied territories of Azerbaijan demonstrates that Yerevan does not observe the agreements reached in Astrakhan on the initiative of the Russian President ", he said.
He said that these exercises with the participation of President Sargsyan deny international legal norms, including the non-use of force. "This way Armenia proved the whole world that it will not agree to a peaceful settlement of the conflict during the OSCE summit in Astana," he said.
He said that perhaps, one of the regional forces stands behind this disrespect shown by Armenia towards Russia, constantly pinning hopes on someone.
"Resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without Armenia is the greatest respect for this country and the benefit for it in this conflict settlement. Those who love Armenia must take this step. The time calls for the Armenians in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh to get accustomed to normal human life, " he said.
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 seven 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 negotiations to resolve the dispute.
Armenia has failed to implement U.N. Security Council resolutions stipulating the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.