`First vice Speaker: Armenia avoids Nagorno-Karabakh talks
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 18/Trend, M. Aliyev
Armenia avoids negotiations about the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem in international organizations because it has no arguments, Ziyafet Askerov, the first vice parliamentary speaker, told Trend on Monday.
"The documents adopted by the OSCE, PACE, EU, NATO and UN, as well as the statements of global leaders, prove that Azerbaijan's position in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue is fair. Owing to this, Armenia is avoiding discussing the conflict in international organizations," Askerov said.
Armenia thinks the conflict should be solved within the frames of the OSCE Minsk Group and that any other mediation would disturb the process.
According to the official, Armenia makes every effort to delay the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem.
Askerov believes that the only way to get Armenia to intensify the negotiation process is to further strengthen Azerbaijan's economy and army.
"Regretfully, international law is not effective today. The four resolutions urging the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding regions by the UN Security Council adopted 18 years ago have not been implemented. This illustrates that international law is not effective," 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 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.