Baku. Turbat Baghirova – APA. Status-quo in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict created in the result of illegal use of force and occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories is unacceptable, said a statement from Azerbaijan’s Permanent Mission to the OSCE.
The statement was made at the 1108th meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in response to Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
The military occupation of the territory of Azerbaijan does not represent a solution and will never produce a political outcome desired by Armenia. The situation must be changed without further delay, said the statement.
Recent high-level discussions in Vienna and St. Petersburg were substantive and productive, said the permanent mission, noting that the Azerbaijani side hopes that understandings reached in these meetings will be swiftly implemented.
According to the permanent mission, a step-by-step solution to the conflict suggested by the Russian Federation is the only viable option for peaceful settlement of the conflict.
“This approach is based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and reflected in the decisions of the OSCE, notably in the Budapest Summit decision of 1994. For the unacceptable status-quo to change, occupying forces must be withdrawn from the Azerbaijani territories,” said the statement.
Azerbaijan’s permanent mission underlined the necessity for the OSCE and its participating States to contribute to the solution of the conflict with all the measures at their disposal.
“The issue of IDPs is of particular relevance. Lack of adequate attention to the problems of IDPs, in particular restoration of their rights is a departure from our existing human dimension commitments, and we encourage the incoming Chairmanship to closely look into possibilities to rectify the situation,” said the statement.
Austrian FM Sebastian Kurz said at the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on July 14 that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would be one of the priorities during Austria’s OSCE chairmanship 2017.