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.

Armenia denies Azerbaijani community’s right to return to their historic lands

Armenia denies Azerbaijani community’s right to return to their historic lands

22.12.2015

Trend:

Armenia impedes the contacts between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh, spokesperson of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend Dec.22.

Thereby, Armenia denies the right of the Azerbaijani community to return to their historic lands, he added.

“Baku has repeatedly said that it is necessary to establish contacts between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region for taking confidence-building measures,” he said emphasizing the importance of these contacts for ensuring co-residence of the communities in the future.

After the de-occupation of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts by Armenia, the two communities will again live together within Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized borders, said Hajiyev.

Although earlier, there were a number of projects for creating a dialogue between the two communities, Armenia predicted their positive affect on resolving the conflict and started to hinder their implementation, according to the spokesperson.

Hajiyev noted that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, the European Union and other international structures should promote contacts between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Earlier, the US State Department spokesman John Kirby said that Washington supports "proposals to reduce the risk of violence along the line of contact".

"Our Minsk Group co-chair, ambassador James Warlick, together with his Russian and French counterparts, continue to discuss these – all these measures with both sides", he added.

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.