Azerbaijan expects OSCE to take more decisive position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 24 /Trend, S.Agayeva/
Baku expects that the
OSCE would take a stronger position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and openly state about it, the head of the foreign relations department of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Novruz Mammadov told Trend on Wednesday.
Concerning the possibility of signing any agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement within the Astana summit, Mammadov said that he has not such information.
"Certain work is conducted," Mammadov said.
The OSCE has not held such a summit for 11 years. The OSCE summit will be held in Astana on Dec. 1-2 and will bring together presidents and prime ministers from 56 OSCE member countries and 12 OSCE partner countries, as well as the heads of 68 international organizations.
The summit has been held six times since the organization's inception in 1975. The last was held in Istanbul in 1999.
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 United States - 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.