Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 27 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
Armenia's current actions toward the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can come to a discussion of the elements of the problem, rather than its essence, Deputy Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova told journalists on Thursday.
Muradova is heading the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
She said that if the Armenians raise the issue of Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov's extradition and pardon, they will receive a full and reasoned response.
The deputy speaker said that the excitement raised in Armenia over the issue is understandable.
"They are fully aware of their miserable state and Safarov's pardon was a slap in the face for them," she said. "They raise this issue at various international events, and I am sure this will continue."
She added that despite everything, the Armenian lies cannot hide the facts of their aggression and occupation of Azerbaijani 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.