Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.4 / Trend, M. Aliyev /
Azerbaijan's election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) means it will be able to show its real power not only in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but also in other global issues and will enhance its international image, Director of European Programs at the International Crisis Group Sabina Fraser told journalists in Baku on Friday.
"Of course, the Security Council's agenda will also include the issues of democracy and human rights," Miss Fraser said.
Fraser said if a power change takes place with the Armenian government, this will have a direct effect in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. Azerbaijan has now been elected a UNSC non-permanent member for 2012 - 2013.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 namely Russia, France and the U.S are currently holding the peace negotiations, but Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.