Azerbaijan to raise issue of Pashinyan’s illegal visit to Karabakh in OSCE PA

  23 May 2018    Read: 1790
Azerbaijan to raise issue of Pashinyan’s illegal visit to Karabakh in OSCE PA

Azerbaijani delegation will raise the issue related to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including the illegal visit of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as provocations committed by Armenia on the contact line between the two countries’ troops at the OSCE PA session to be held July 7-11 in Berlin, Vice-President of the OSCE PA Azay Guliyev said May 23.

Guliyev noted that settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has always been the primary issue on the agenda of the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE PA.

“The Nagorno-Karabakh region and the surrounding districts of Azerbaijan are occupied by Armenia, and we will be raising this issue in the OSCE PA until the occupation ends,” he said.

He added that the OSCE is the only international organization that deals with the settlement of the conflict and, to some extent, it carries out a mediation mission.

“However, it bears no fruit, so we will raise this issue in the OSCE PA,” he said.

“As for the situation in Armenia in connection with Pashinyan, it is obvious that he and his team are making very populist and pretentious statements, and this is the euphoria caused by the revolution,” Guliyev added.”There is no doubt that this euphoria will soon come to an end, and the leadership of Armenia will start to realize the reality and will refuse making meaningless statements. This is because they don’t serve the peace and don’t help the peaceful solution of the problem. The Armenian leadership must understand this. At the same time, the OSCE has great responsibility as well in this issue.”

Guliyev expressed regret over the fact that the OSCE Minsk Group didn’t react and didn’t condemn Pashinyan’s visit to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and his holding a press conference and military exercises there.

“Azerbaijan is very concerned about this, so we will raise this issue at the upcoming OSCE PA session in Berlin,” Guliyev said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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