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Azerbaijani MP: Continuing its occupation policy, Armenia inflicts great damage to regional cooperation
Continuing its occupation policy, Armenia inflicts great damage to the regional cooperation, said the head of the delegation of Azerbaijan, MP Ganira Pashayeva, in her speech in the capital of Qatar in the 10th Forum in Doha.

Armenia has occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory, as a result of which one million Azerbaijanis have become refugees from their ancestral lands, she said. This fact, according to Pashayeva, has no analogues in the world. As a result of Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani lands, every ninth Azerbaijani is refugee and IDP. Armenia occupied the territory, destroyed homes, schools, educational institutions, historical and cultural monuments belonging to the Azerbaijan people, she 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 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 region and the occupied territories.

"Your countries are members of the UN and its Security Council, the OSCE and its Minsk Group and other organizations. In your opinion, should not the UN Security Council and other international organizations exert pressure on Armenia to solve this problem, for the return of one million people their homes?," said Pashayeva to forum participants.

She urged participants of the event not to be indifferent to the fate of people who became refugees as a result of occupation and actions of Armenia, have not been able to return to their native lands, their homes for more than 15 years. "We urge you to support Azerbaijan and make even greater efforts to help these people return their homes," said the MP.
The MP said Armenia does not reckon with four UN resolutions and the resolutions of PACE, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and other organizations, does not withdraw from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and does not allow one million Azerbaijanis to return to their lands. According to MP, international organizations should exert pressure on Armenia to implement resolutions of these organizations.

The summit participants supported the fair position of Azerbaijan, noted the importance of the liberation of occupied territories, return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes and more efforts by international organizations to resolve the conflict.

During the forum, the participants were given the books and materials about the Azerbaijani realities and acts of vandalism in the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, Khojaly genocide.


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