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Azerbaijan, Iran defence ministers discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Politics Materials 22 October 2011 19:03
Azerbaijani Defence Minister Colonel General Safar Abiyev met Saturday in Baku with Iranian Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Major General Ahmad Vahidi, the press service of Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.
Azerbaijan, Iran defence ministers discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 22 /Trend, R.Darakhshan/

Azerbaijani Defence Minister Colonel General Safar Abiyev met Saturday in Baku with Iranian Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Major General Ahmad Vahidi, the press service of Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

During the meeting the ministers discussed the ties between the two countries, regional security and the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Abiyev said that negotiations are under way to resolve the conflict, but at the same time he pointed out the need to strengthen the Azerbaijani army in order that the country would ready to liberate its lands from occupation at any moment.

Vahidi arrived in Baku on a working visit on Saturday.

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.

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