Occupation of Azerbaijani lands should be ceased

By: Mushvig Mehdiyev

Baku has once more reiterated its ultimate condition for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – Armenia’s occupying armed forces should withdraw from all of Azerbaijan’s occupied territories.

Foreign Minister, Elmar Mammadyarov said at a meeting with Ambassador Dejan Šahović, head of the Task Force for the OSCE Chairmanship of Serbia in 2015, that Azerbaijani lands’ occupation can only be ceased through entire Armenian troop’s pullout.

Giving brief update about the ongoing negotiations towards the settlement of Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Mammadyarov stressed inadmissibility of altering the internationally recognized borders of states by use of force.

Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized Nagorno-Karabakh territory became a conflict zone following Armenia’s aggression in the early 1990s. As a result of Armenia’s armed invasion, 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory fell under Armenia’s occupation. Baku has been trying to restore righteous control over its breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where ethnic Armenian separatists committed bloody atrocities – about 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed in the conflict and over one million of civilians were displaced coercively.

Serbia was among the countries which voted in favor of Azerbaijan at the United Nations General Assembly resolution in relation to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Speaking about Azerbaijan-Serbia relations, Mammadyarov noted the successful development of mutual political, economic and humanitarian ties. He also underlined close cooperation between both countries within the international organizations.

Azerbaijan and Serbia support good and friendly diplomatic ties through their embassies in both countries. Trying to diversify cooperation, the two countries are interested in collaboration in the fields of energy and education. The cancellation of the visa regime between Baku and Belgrade is also on agenda.

SOURCE: Azer News