Ukrainian human rights defender joins Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform
- 03 May 2017
Human rights defender from Ukraine Anton Alekseev has made a statement about joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace.
APA presents the statement:
“Resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is possible only in the framework of peace talks. However, I also express respect and support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as the internationally recognized borders of both states.
I consider it very important to implement the relevant resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, and other international organizations. Also, I express my support for the OSCE Minsk Group's efforts to address conflict.
I saw the friendship between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the pre-conflict period. These nations had common traditions of living together, formed as a result of centuries of peaceful coexistence. I want to note with deepest regret that as a result of the unresolved conflict, the opinion of the younger generations in both countries about each other, is formed only in the war context. I fully support the idea of peaceful coexistence of peoples and the solution of protracted conflicts. For that reason, I want to express my support for this unique initiative and join the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace, whose purpose is to establish and maintain peace and order in the South Caucasus region.”
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.