State Committee chairman: Territories in Absheron area allotted for resettlement of IDPs
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 18 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
The territory of Masazir in Absheron district was allotted for the resettlement of internally displaced people from Baku's dormitories, chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov told media.
"Territories in Absheron area were allotted for resettlement of internally displaced people because of the lack of vacant land in Baku. After solving the issue of funding, the project will be implemented. Construction will begin this year," Deputy Prime Minister said.
Several areas were proposed for the construction of residential facilities, but these proposals were not adopted because of their remoteness from the capital.
"If we have built the settlements in these areas, internally displaced people would not be able to get to jobs in Baku", Hasanov said.
As a result of Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territories, more than one million people became refugees and internally displaced people.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.