Ogtay Asadov: we expect concrete option on conflict settlement from OSCE MG
Baku expects a concrete option of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement from the Minsk Group, the country's parliamentary speaker Ogtay Asadov said.
"We expect nothing from today’s meeting of the Minsk Group. It is one of the reasons behind the ongoing clashes on the contact line in Karabakh. Therefore, we expect them to have a concrete option on the conflict settlement," RIA Novosti cited Asadov as saying.
Recall, on the night of April 2 all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.
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% 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 withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.