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.

No decisive step taken for release of Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenians

No decisive step taken for release of Azerbaijanis taken hostage by Armenians


No decisive step has been taken for the release of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev who were taken hostage by Armenians in occupied Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan, said Bahar Muradova, vice speaker of the Azerbaijani parliament.

She made the remarks during a meeting with Elena Aymone Sessera, new head of ICRC Azerbaijani Office, the parliament told APA on Thursday.

Muradova urged the ICRC Azerbaijani Office to intensify its efforts for releasing the Azerbaijani hostages.

She noted that the ICRC’s efforts to solve the problems faced by Azerbaijani citizens living on the contact line with Armenia are praiseworthy

The vice speaker said Azerbaijan attaches great importance to cooperation with all international organizations, including the ICRC, adding that this cooperation continues in accordance with the organization’s principles and Azerbaijan’s interests.

In turn, Sessera expressed her confidence in further effective cooperation with Azerbaijan.

She said the ICRC is always ready to assist the people living in the conflict zone, praising various projects jointly implemented by the ICRC and Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society and ANAMA’s effective operation in the conflict zone.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.

A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includesNagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, KalbajarAghdam,FuzuliJabrayilGubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.

The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.

Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.

Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.  

Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACEOSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.