Azerbaijan, Baku, 11 November/ Trend , corr I. Alizade/ State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan can not conduct 2009 census of population in the Nagorno-Karabakh region occupied by Armenia.
"The census in Nagorno-Karabakh was not conducted in 1999 as well. Therefore 1989 census is used at present according to which about 120,000 Azerbaijani citizens of Armenian origin live in Karabakh," Arif Valiyev, acting chairman of the State Statistics Committee said while addressing the parliament on 11 November.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakh's seven surrounding regions. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful, but fruitless negotiations.
According to 1999 census, about 700 Armenians live in Azerbaijan excluding Nagorno-Karabakh.
The preparatory work for the 2009 census of population will be completed soon, he said.
"The Statistics Committee is working out organizational plan. Structures in each region and polling stations will be set up in accordance with the plan. Nearly 30,000 workers will be involved in the census," Valiyev said.
He also spoke of problems that emerged during preparations for the census. "The major problem that emerged during the preparations is city services. The absence of names of streets and numbering of buildings hinders to work out diagrammatic plans," Valiyev added.
The number of questions which will be asked during census next year will increase from 17 to 35. These questions mainly will be about way of life and employment of citizens, Valiyev said.
The accuracy of census date makes up 97%-98% in Azerbaijan.
According to the State Statistics Committee, Azerbaijan has a population of 8.8mln.
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