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.

Azerbaijan specifies conditions for increasing number of OSCE observers on contact line of troops

Azerbaijan specifies conditions for increasing number of OSCE observers on contact line of troops

02.02.2018

Certain conditions must be fulfilled before increasing the number ofOSCE observers on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops,Ziyafat AsgarovAzerbaijani Parliament’s First Deputy Speaker and chairman of the parliamentary Committee on defense, security and anti-corruption, told APA.

He noted that increasing the number of OSCE observers is the primary condition for putting an end to the killing of Azerbaijani civilians residing close to the front line.

“Moreover, although a technical procedure, increasing the number of observers, I think this issue can only be discussed if aimed at finding a substantive solution to the Azerbaijan-Armenia Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” said Asgarov.

“But at the same time, I think that both the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and Armenia should undertake to ensure that Yerevan does not pursue an insidious goal to maintain the status quo in this matter. Because each time, when a concrete result on the conflict resolution is reached, Armenia avoids negotiations and maintains the status quo. Although I’m convinced that Armenia still thinks so. Therefore, I think that they should take the obligation not to preserve the status quo in this matter. I think that only in this case it is worth discussing this issue,” he added.    

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 includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, KalbajarAghdamFuzuliJabrayilGubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.