Speaker: Croatia supports territorial integrity of Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 5 /Trend /
Croatia supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and will always adhere to this position, the speaker of Croatian Parliament Josip Leko told journalists in Baku on Friday.
According to him, Croatia does not recognise the unilateral referendums and such attempts over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Leko also said that his country supports the position on resolution of the conflict by peaceful means in accordance with international laws and principles and supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group in this direction.
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 May, 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.
The Speaker of the Croatian Parliament arrived in Baku this night. The purpose of the visit is to discuss the issues of bilateral cooperation and participation at the official reception on the occasion of the country's accession to the EU.