GEORGIAN COMPANY EXPECTS AZERBAIJAN TO PROVIDE CODE FOR CALLS TO NAGORNO KARABAKH
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Trend
Dec 6 2010
Azerbaijan

The Georgian SilkNet telephone company hopes Azerbaijan will provide
an area code for making international calls to Nagorno Karabakh,
the company reported.

Currently, the company's branch in Gardabani notes that subscribers
should use Armenia's +3744/9 code to make calls to Nagorno Karabakh.

SilkNet carries out international calls via the Deutsche Telecom,
Tata Communications Limited, OTE International Solutions SA, and LANK
Telecom operators, the company reported.

The use of the Armenian code is linked with contracts signed with
international operators.

"We hope that the Azerbaijani authorities will provide operators
with a code to make calls to Nagorno Karabakh, and this issue will
be corrected by operators," the company said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United
States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding
regions.




From: A. Papazian