Elmar Mammadyarov: “Armenia’s occupation is still causing serious harm to economic welfare, health and education of the Azerbaijani citizens”

Elmar Mammadyarov: “Armenia’s occupation is still causing serious harm to economic welfare, health and education of the Azerbaijani citizens”
# 07 November 2013 11:38 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Victoria Dementieva – APA. “Azerbaijan is an ancient civilization, yet a young democracy. Since restoring its independence more than two decades ago, Azerbaijan has been building a free, democratic and secular society,” said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov addressing the 6th Democracy Forum in Indonesia, APA reports quoting the

The minister said that in May 2014, Azerbaijan will assume the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and during its presidency it will encourage the cooperation with regional organizations, including those representing other continents. In this regard, there is an opportunity for joint activities between the Council of Europe and the Bali Forum’s implementing agency – the Institute of Peace and Democracy in order to raise the effectiveness of efforts in the crosscutting areas, like the promotion of inter-religious and intercultural dialogue.

Touching on the economic achievements of Azerbaijan and the occupation of the country’s territories by Armenia, Mammadyarov said: “The world is still facing violations of fundamental norms and principles of international law. Today, the occupation by Armenia of our internationally recognized territories – Nagorno Karabakh region and 7 adjacent districts continues to represent the major challenge to maintain basic human rights in Azerbaijan which resulted the forced displacement of a million Azerbaijani civilians still causing serious harm to economic welfare, health and education of our citizens. 4 UN Security Council Resolutions of 1993 reaffirming respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and demanding the immediate, full and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces from all the occupied territories still remain unfulfilled. In this regard, it is critical that the international community continues to insist on the implementation of these UN Security Council Resolutions with a view to facilitating the negotiated settlement of the conflict.”

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