Baku urges al­lies to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in re­solv­ing con­flicts

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Azer­bai­jan has urged its re­gional al­lies - Turkey and Ge­or­gia - to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in re­solv­ing con­flicts. For­eign Min­is­ter El­mar Mam­mad­yarov, ad­dress­ing a brief­ing fol­low­ing a tri­lat­eral meet­ing with For­eign Min­is­ter of Turkey Mev­lut Cavu­soglu and For­eign Min­is­ter of Ge­or­gia Mikheil Janelidze in Baku, said that the three coun­tries have the same ap­proaches re­gard­ing the prin­ci­ples of ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of states.

“Cer­tainly, we ad­vo­cate solv­ing con­flicts by diplo­matic means,” said Mam­mad­yarov. “Con­flicts are dis­cussed at all in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and I think we should fur­ther ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion in this mat­ter.”

Mam­mad­yarov fur­ther stressed that the prin­ci­ples of ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and sovereignty should be pri­mary in con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

The min­is­ter also touched upon the long-stand­ing Ar­me­nian-Azer­bai­jani Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, say­ing that its set­tle­ment re­quires tak­ing a po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion.

Mam­mad­yarov added that his meet­ing with Ar­me­nian coun­ter­part Edward Nal­ban­dian is be­ing planned, but its ex­act tim­ing has not yet been agreed.

The meet­ing will pos­si­bly be held in the frame­work of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly ses­sion in New York, the min­is­ter added.

Azer­bai­jan and Ar­me­nia fought a lengthy war that ended with sign­ing of a frag­ile cease­fire in 1994. Since the war, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties.

While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only me­di­a­tor in res­o­lu­tion of the con­flict, the oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­tory of the sov­er­eign state with its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bound­aries has been left out of due at­ten­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for years.

Ar­me­nia ig­nores four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on im­me­di­ate with­drawal from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, thus keep­ing ten­sion high in the re­gion.

Baku has re­peat­edly stated that peace in Nagorno-Karabakh is cru­cial for the re­gional se­cu­rity.

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