Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.26
The conflicts in the OSCE area are the key threats to the peace and security on the European continent, minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov said at the OSCE Ministerial Event on "Addressing the Crisis of European Security: The Way Forward and the Role of the OSCE".
According to him, the current stalemate situation in the settlement process of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is very dangerous in terms of peace and stability in the region.
The breakthrough for the resolution of the conflict is a withdrawal of the Armed Forces of Armenia from the occupied territories and return of ethnically cleansed Azerbaijani population back their homes, he added.
This action will help to create the atmosphere of confidence between Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, which is a very important element towards sustainable peace building, Elmar Mammadyarov said.
"We believe that the OSCE Participating States reaffirm their unequivocal expectations for the soonest resolution of this conflict based on the above-mentioned approaches", he said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.