Baku-born Armenian Erik Khachaturov visits office of Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform
- 28 April 2017
Erik Khachaturov, who was born in Baku and had to move from Azerbaijan like many Armenians as a result of Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, visited the office of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace on Friday.
Khachaturov met with coordinators of the Peace Platform and representatives of civil society, APA reported.
Khachaturov joined the Peace Platform on January 6, 2017.
He spoke about his feelings in the meeting. He noted that Baku has developed within 30 years, emphasizing that he missed Baku so much and felt happy since he could come to Baku again.
Khachaturov spoke about how Armenians lived friendly with Azerbaijanis before the conflict and shared his memories on this issue. Moreover, Khachaturov stated that civil people never thought about hostility between two nations and the opportunity to return their homeland is the most important factor.
Khachaturov expressed his gratitude to members of the Platform, especially Orkhan Nabiyev, Suzan Jaginyan, Saida Gojamanli and Dilara Afandiyeva for this opportunity.
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.