Muslim countries should strengthen support for Azerbaijan in Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 2 / Trend, A.Taghiyeva /
Muslim countries should strengthen their support for Azerbaijan in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and help the country in its just struggle for the liberation of the occupied territories, former culture minister of Jordan and chairman of the Political Sciences Department at the Jordanian Strategic Research Centre, Faisal Al-Rfouh told Trend on Friday.
"Muslim countries of course support Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation should contribute to strengthening the Islamic countries' role in support for Azerbaijan," Al-Rfouh said.
He said Azerbaijan is an example of successful economic development and internal stability. That is what distinguishes it from other countries in the region and will enable the country to achieve the liberation of the occupied lands.
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 - Russia, France and the U.S. - are currently holding 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.