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OSCE MG activity can't be considered satisfactory: Azerbaijani official

13 November 2017 [15:01] - TODAY.AZ

By  Trend

Vice Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova told Trend on November 13 that the results of the OSCE Minsk Group's activity cannot be considered satisfactory.

"It looks like the OSCE Minsk Group is busy fulfilling its mission, since much is said about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, numerous trips and meetings are organized, however, if one evaluates the results of the group’s activity, for sure it cannot be considered satisfactory," she said.

Muradova stressed that if no concrete result is achieved in the conflict settlement, Azerbaijan will naturally be dissatisfied with the activity of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.

“Therefore, the Azerbaijani delegation to the OSCE PA once more specifically expressed its position at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council,” Muradova said.

She noted that the relevance of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict attracts even more attention after the developments around the Kurdish autonomy of Iraq as well as Spain's Catalonia.

It should be noted that during a regular meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, the Azerbaijani delegation made a statement that Azerbaijan expects the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to take effective steps to intensify the negotiations on settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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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