Tbilisi. Etibar Mammadov – APA. Azerbaijan’s Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) on Wednesday organized an event in Tbilisi dedicated to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Addressing the event, Ali Babayev, chairman of the National Congress of Georgian Azerbaijanis, said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been continuing for 24 years, and the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group to resolve the conflict have not yielded any results.
According to him, the responsibility for the liberation of the occupied lands also lies in civil society institutions.
“We have to appeal to international organizations and report that the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group is ineffective,” said Babayev.
He noted that the April events once again proved that Azerbaijan has a strong army which is able to liberate the occupied territories.
KLO first deputy chairman Ilgar Ali, in his speech, also touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, speaking about the activities of Armenians in Georgia.
“The Armenian separatists in Georgia are trying to promote the so-called regime, and we want Georgia to prevent it, because both countries are suffering from occupation,” he said stressing the importance of close cooperation between Azerbaijan and Georgia in this respect.
Delivering a speech at the event, Georgian journalist Nino Shalaberidze noted that Georgia and Azerbaijan, which are two friendly countries, should jointly struggle against Armenia.
She considered Armenia’s policy ‘a threat’ to the region.
Following the speeches, a vide describing the occupation of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region was displayed.
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.