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.

EU reiterates its support to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan: Official

EU reiterates its support to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan: Official

20.12.2017

 Trend:

The European Union has reiterated its support to the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, whom it regards as its important partner.

"Azerbaijan is an important partner for the European Union, whose independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity we support, " said an EU spokesperson, when asked to comment on inadequate approach of the EU delegation to the OSCE towards the conflicts in Europe.

The spokesperson reminded that the EU has reiterated its support to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity quite specifically, among other occasions, by President Donald Tusk during the visit of President Ilham Aliyev in February 2017.

As for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the spokesperson stressed that there can be no doubting the EU's full and active commitment to facilitating the peaceful resolution of the conflict.

 

"We do this inter alia through our Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, supporting and complementing the efforts of the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group to facilitate the resolution of the conflict," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson noted that the EU also promotes confidence- and peace-building activities across the conflict divide, notably through the implementation of the programme European Partnership for the peaceful settlement of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK).

Recently, the Azerbaijani mission to the OSCE has criticized the double-standard approach by the EU delegation to the OSCE regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The mission stressed that the EU Delegation for unknown reasons shies away from reiterating the position of its senior officials expressed in Baku and Brussels on numerous occasions, including at the highest political level, in support of sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Azerbaijan.

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.