OFFICIAL BAKU BELIEVE ARMENIA MUST IMPLEMENT POSITIVE STATEMENTS

Trend News Agency
Jan 8 2008
Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. K.Ramazanova / Official Baku considers
that Armenia should implement positive statements made in 2007.

"We would like Armenia to implement positive statements," the
press-secretary of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Khazar Ibrahim
said to Trend, commenting the upcoming visit of the OSCE Minsk Group
Co-Chairs to the region.

The next visit of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs on regulation of the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was scheduled for 13 January. The Co-Chairs
hope to see an official reaction from Azerbaijan and Armenia on
written proposals on settling the conflict which they submitted to
both sides in Madrid. The content of the document was not revealed
due to secrecy of the process.

OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs submitted three proposals to both sides.

Armenia rejected two of the proposals. Baku does not agree with the
proposal to establish a confederative state in Nagorno-Karabakh.

"Azerbaijan is always ready to discuss proposals submitted by the
Co-Chairs," Ibrahim said.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in
1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992,
Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the
Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994,
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time
active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (
Russia, France and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.