Baku – APA. An American journalist, author of the book “Murder in the Mountains: War Crime in Khojaly and the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict” Raoul Contreras on Thursday visited a block built for 760 IDPs in Masazir settlement, the Azerbaijani State Committee for Work with Refugees and IPDs told APA.
Accompanied by State Committee deputy chairman Fuad Huseynov, the journalist, who is on a visit to Azerbaijan to write a new book on the country, also met with a group of IDPs.
The journalist was thoroughly informed about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the problems of Azerbaijanis expelled from their homes as a result of Armenia’s aggression and the measures taken by the state to cope with these problems and improve the social conditions of IDPs.
Huseynov stressed that so far, 95 residential buildings with social and technical infrastructure have been built for IPDs in various parts of the country, and up to 250,000 IDPs have been provided with apartments.
The American journalist then got familiarized with conditions created for teachers and students of Zangilan secondary school No.33 and exhibits at the Zangilan History and Ethnography Museum.
Raoul Contreras also viewed the apartments of IDPs.
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 OSCE 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, 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 passed by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.