The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Karabakh conflict to be settled sooner or later – Azerbaijani FM

Karabakh conflict to be settled sooner or later – Azerbaijani FM



Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be settled sooner or later, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said May 23.

He made the remarks during the meeting of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.

“There are no non-solvable conflicts,” said Mammadyarov. “As a person directly involved in the negotiations, I would say that there are reasons for being optimistic.”

“Anyway, we will solve it sooner or later, because it can’t remain in such a frozen state as it is now,” he added.

Mammadyarov said that there is a clear international legal framework for this, including four resolutions of the UN Security Council.

“When joining the UN, all countries undertake to abide by the resolutions of the organization,” said the minister. “In the case of Armenia, it is quite difficult.”

However, there will be tough-minded people in Armenian leadership who will start realizing that good relations with neighbors are a keystone to a country’s success, Mammadyarov added.

He said that due to the short-sighted policy of Armenia’s current leadership, the country has been isolated from all the serious projects that are being implemented in the South Caucasus.

Azerbaijani foreign minister expressed hope that the conflict will be resolved in the foreseeable future.

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 two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.