Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 11 / Trend E.Mehdiyev /
Azerbaijan attaches significant importance to its cooperation with democratic organizations, including the OSCE, the deputy speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, deputy executive secretary of the ruling ruling New Azerbaijan party Bahar Muradova said on Tuesday at a meeting of ambassadors of the OSCE member states, who are in Azerbaijan, with representatives of the political parties represented in Parliament.
Relations between Azerbaijan and the OSCE are developing in all spheres, Muradova said.
Then representatives of the political parties represented in Parliament, in their speeches shared their views on the development of civil society in Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
They expressed concern that OSCE directly dealing with the matter approaches it with double standards. Representatives of political parties stated that it is regrettable that Armenia that has occupied Azerbaijani lands for the past 20 years, is not named as an aggressor.
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.