OSCE wants Azerbaijani political parties to be active inside, outside parliament
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Azerbaijan, Baku, March 14 / Trend M.Aliyev /
OSCE wants Azerbaijani political parties to show greater activity inside and outside parliament, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis said at a meeting with the political parties.
He said democratic progress is important.
"Azerbaijan has chosen democratic development and should develop in this direction," Azubalis said.
He stressed that Azerbaijan is an important state in the region, as well as in Europe, in terms of ensuring energy security.
Azubalis said the country's legislation on elections and political parties should be improved.
Democratic Reforms Party Chairman, MP Asim Mollazade spoke at the meeting about the recent incidents on the frontline between the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops. He said Azerbaijan's patience has its limits.
Social Welfare Party Chairman, MP Khanhuseyn Kazimli urged the OSCE to apply new approaches in the resolution of 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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.