Baku, Azerbaijan, July 17
Currently, it is very difficult to talk about success in international relations, because the world failed to maintain the principles of justice after the termination of the Warsaw Pact, Novruz Mammadov, assistant to Azerbaijan’s president for foreign policy issues, department head, said in an interview with RIA Novosti agency.
The Warsaw Pact, formally the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance was signed between Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, Poland, Romania, USSR and Czechoslovakia on May 14, 1955. In 1985, it was extended for 20 years, but on July 1, 1991, members of the Warsaw Treaty Organization signed a protocol on the complete termination of the treaty.
The reason for the world’s becoming like this today is the lack of justice, said Mammadov.
“After the Warsaw Pact, the world failed to maintain the principles of justice. It makes no sense to talk about universal values, if there is no justice in international relations,” he added.
The Azerbaijani official touched upon the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and noted that a fair assessment of the conflict faces obstacles for some reason.
Assistant to the Azerbaijani president recalled that the OSCE Minsk Group, which includes precisely those countries that “can, if necessary, have their say on the international arena”, is engaged in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.