Top of­fi­cial: Ex­ter­nal ob­sta­cles im­pede Karabakh con­flict res­o­lu­tion

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The year 2016 showed both the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and OSCE Minsk Group me­di­a­tors that a sta­tus quo in the NagornoKarabakh con­flict is dan­ger­ous for the peace and devel­op­ment of the re­gion.

Each sin­gle ex­change of fire, each dam­age and each hu­man life claimed by the Ar­me­nia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict has been prov­ing how costly and dan­ger­ous the con­flict is.

One of the fac­tors com­pli­cat­ing the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the NagornoKarabakh con­flict is the pres­ence of ex­ter­nally im­posed ob­sta­cles for Baku’s ef­fec­tive ac­tiv­ity in this di­rec­tion, said Azerbaijan’s top of­fi­cial.

Deputy Head of Azer­bai­jani pres­i­den­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion, chief of the ad­min­is­tra­tion's for­eign re­la­tions depart­ment Novruz Mam­madov made the re­mark in his ar­ti­cle pub­lished in “Azerbaijan” news­pa­per. “A part of Azerbaijan’s ter­ri­to­ries is oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia, and the is­sues of the process of Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict set­tle­ment and en­sur­ing of hu­man rights should be con­sid­ered in in­ter­re­la­tion in Azerbaijan’s for­eign pol­icy,” Mam­madov stated.

He noted that ap­ply­ing of in­ter­na­tional norms be­comes an in­te­gral part of such a ma­jor task as en­sur­ing the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azerbaijan.

“On one hand, Azerbaijan is re­quired to en­sure the ba­sic rights and free­doms of its pop­u­la­tion, and on the other hand, ob­sta­cles are im­posed for the coun­try’s at­tempts to cre­ate fa­vor­able in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment for this,” the ar­ti­cle said.

Mam­madov noted that since Azerbaijan gained in­de­pen­dence, the coun­try has al­ways wit­nessed cre­ation of ar­ti­fi­cial prob­lems.

Ar­me­nia cap­tured NagornoKarabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions from Azerbaijan in a war that fol­lowed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and nearly 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the war.

Large-scale hos­til­i­ties ended with a cease­fire agree­ment in 1994 but Ar­me­nia con­tin­ued the oc­cu­pa­tion in de­fi­ance of four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions call­ing for im­me­di­ate and un­con­di­tional with­drawal.

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