Ger­man law­maker calls for Ar­me­nian troop pull­out

Azer News - - FRONT PAGE - By Sara Ra­jabova

AGer­man law­maker has stressed the need for withdrawal of the Ar­me­nian armed forces from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan.

Peter Gau­vayler, mem­ber of the Bun­destag com­mit­tee on for­eign re­la­tions and of the Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union/Chris­tian So­cial Union (CDU/CSU) fac­tion, un­der­scored the well-known res­o­lu­tions on the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict adopted by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, ac­cord­ing to the Euro­pean Azer­bai­jan So­ci­ety (TEAS).

"Nagorno-Karabakh is an in­te­gral part of Azer­bai­jan. Its oc­cu­pa­tion is a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law. There­fore, the Ar­me­nian troops should be with­drawn from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries. This is the only way to re­solve the con­flict," the Ger­man MP said.

Ac­cord­ing to Gau­vayler, the in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons should be given the op­por­tu­nity to safely re­turn to their homes. "There­fore, the Ar­me­nian troops should be im­me­di­ately with­drawn from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan," he said.

Gau­vayler also said that Azer­bai­jan and Ger­many closely co­op­er­ate in var­i­ous fields.

"Azer­bai­jan is an im­por­tant part­ner in the field of en­sur­ing the en­ergy se­cu­rity of Ger­many. There­fore, the most im­por­tant is­sue is that the par­ties in­volved in the con­flict once again sit down at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble," the Bun­destag mem­ber said, stress­ing the im­por­tance of dis­cus­sion of the is­sue on the mul­ti­lat­eral level.

Gau­vayler added that Ger­many will make ev­ery ef­fort to sup­port the process of a peace­ful set­tle­ment of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

The con­flict emerged in 1988 when Ar­me­nia made ter­ri­to­rial claims against Azer­bai­jan. Since a lengthy war in the early 1990s that dis­placed over one mil­lion Azer­bai­ja­nis, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied over 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven ad­ja­cent re­gions.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil's four res­o­lu­tions on Ar­me­nian withdrawal from the Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­tory have not been en­forced to this day.

Rus­sia, France and the U.S. have long been work­ing to bro­ker a so­lu­tion of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict through the OSCE Minsk Group, but their ef­forts have been largely fruit­less so far.

Peace talks are un­der­way on the ba­sis of a peace out­line pro­posed by the Minsk Group cochairs and dubbed the Madrid Prin­ci­ples. The doc­u­ment en­vi­sions a re­turn of the ter­ri­to­ries sur­round­ing Nagorno-Karabakh to Azer­bai­jani con­trol; de­ter­min­ing the fi­nal le­gal sta­tus of NagornoKarabakh; a cor­ri­dor link­ing Ar­me­nia to the re­gion; and the right of all in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons to re­turn home.

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