Kwasniewski: No chance of progress in Karabakh talks without implementation of UN resolutions
There is no chance to achieve progress in talks on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement untill the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions are implemented, former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski told reporters in Baku March 17.
Kwasniewski is taking place in the 5th Global Baku Forum titled “The Future of International Relations: Power and Interests”, which kicked off in Baku March 16.
“During my presidency in 1995-2005, I participated in the discussion of issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” said the ex-president, recalling the meeting held between between the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers on the initiative of Poland.
“We tried to achieve any progress in resolving the conflict and put an end to this drama. Unfortunately, although many years have passed, the situation has not changed. I see no chance of progress in the talks without the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions,” he noted.
Kwasniewski stressed the need to demand from the international community and the UN Security Council so that they should do everything possible to fulfill these resolutions.
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, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli 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 OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) 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, the 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, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.
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