Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Ilhamgizi/ There is no necessity in holding fruitless discussions on Nagorno-Karabakh at the Parliament, the Vice Speaker of Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani Parliament), Bahar Muradova, said on 21 June.
She noted that the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia are holding negotiations and several points of the negotiations are kept secret. For this purpose, in her opinion, the issues subject to discussions at the Parliament should be defined. "Milli Majlis supports the position of the President the core of which is that Azerbaijan will not agree with the loss of its territories. I do not see any necessity in the meetings for speaking about that. Daily discussions on the matter can be held in Armenia, as in Armenia they understand the falseness of their position and know that early or late they will have to vacate the occupied territories. Azerbaijan's position is flatly unambiguous. We have to keep away from fruitless discussions at the Parliament," the Vice-Speaker said.
The conflict between two the South Caucasus countries broke out in 1988 due to Armenian claims to Azerbaijani territory. Since 1992, 20% of Azerbaijani territories (Nagorno-Karabakh and seven neighbouring regions), have been under the occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces. In May 1994, the two sides signed a ceasefire. Peace talks are still being held under the auspices of the Minsk Group of the OSCE chaired by Russia, France, and the United States, but in vain.