AZERBAIJANI HISTORY TAUGHT AT ITALIAN UNIVERSITIES

Trend News Agency
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Baku, Azerbaijan
October 31, 2012 Wednesday

BYLINE: I. Isabalayeva, Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan

Oct. 31--Lessons are held at Italian universities on the basis of
books on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and
Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan written by Italian scholars
and researchers. These works are studied by students, Azerbaijani
Education Minister Misir Mardanov told media today.

He said the Center of Azerbaijani Studies functions at the Italian
largest and oldest university La Sapienza.

Earlier, the minister said that the Italian language can be taught
in some of the Azerbaijani educational institutions as the second
language, but specialists of the Italian language are required.

"I was talking about this in 2011, but some individuals did not pay
attention to my words," he said. "I think that the Italian language
can be taught at schools as the second language."

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 7 surrounding districts.

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

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