Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. Armenia’s destructive policy and provocative actions impede any process in negotiations on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
Mammadyarov made the remarks during a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Wednesday.
The Azerbaijani FM is paying an official visit to Egypt.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved in line with the norms and principles of international law and the UN Security Council resolutions within the territorial integrity, sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan, noted the FM.
The presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries have repeatedly stated that the status quo in the conflict is unacceptable and unsustainable, Mammadyarov said stressing that the violation of internationally recognized borders by force is inadmissible.
In turn, Shoukry said that Egypt’s position on the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict is principled in character and is based on international law and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
Egypt stands for lasting peace and stability in the region, he added.
Mammadyarov appreciated Egypt’s support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and this country’s position on a negotiated solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions.
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 Dec.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.