Azerbaijanâ€™s honored journalist joins Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform
- 25 May 2017
The honored journalist of Azerbaijan, publicist, screenwriter, Laureate of the “Golden Perot” award, Nushaba Mamadova, has made a statement about joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace.
APA presents the statement:
“The most important thing to bequeath to future generations is peace. For that reason peaceful solution of Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh that has been lasting for more than 25 years is necessary. Also I would like to express my support and respect to territorial integrity, sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Furthermore I want to emphasize the importance of implementation of relevant resolutions adopted by UN Security Council, and resolutions and decisions of other international organizations. Besides I would like to note the importance of measures taken by OSCE Minsk Group towards the settlement of the conflict.
Pre-war relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan developed based on the principles of close neighborhood that were formed over centuries. However, I state with regret that hostile relations have been formed between nations in the context of war because of unresolved conflict. I believe that Public Diplomacy is a necessary step for the solution of the conflict. Therefore, I reiterate my support to this initiative and make a statement about joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace at a peaceful settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and restoring and preserving peace in South Caucasus.”
For the purpose of contributing to a peaceful settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace was established on December 6, 2016. The Platform is an initiative of the citizens of Azerbaijan and Armenia who wish to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
The initiative on the creation of the Platform has generated the interest of the international community as well as attracted the high level of public attention in both conflicting states. A large number of well-known experts highly appreciated this initiative and stressed the very special role of the above-mentioned peacekeeping initiative in the process of the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.