“The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has not brought benefits to Armenia. Today, Armenians are leaving Armenia, immigrating to other countries”, - said the deputy of the State Duma of Russia, head of inter-parliamentary friendship group Azerbaijan-Russia Dmitry Savelyev at a round table dedicated to the 25th anniversary of independence of Azerbaijan APA’s Moscov bureau reports.
He said that Azerbaijan will never accept the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh. The MP said that Russian society has not a detailed imagination about the conflict: "Imagine that you have a two-room house. An armed man comes and throws you, takes your house. Can you agree with that? That's not all. They occupied not only Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, but also seven adjacent areas. But what about this fact? If the Nagorno Karabakh region is disputed area, but what means the occupation of seven regions? So what do you expect from the people of Azerbaijan? That they would remained calm and silent? Never! Azerbaijan will never accept it”.
Russian MP said that no one wants war: "No one wants war, shed blood. However, this conflict should be resolved. Russia should increase its mediation efforts to resolve this conflict, as a country co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. I urge my colleagues to make every effort to resolve this 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 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 adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.