By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:
The participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in the Warsaw NATO Summit 2016 is significant success of Azerbaijan’s diplomacy and the president’s policy, Samad Seyidov, head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), told Trend July 8.
The NATO summit is being held in Warsaw July 8-9.
Seyidov, who is also the chairman of the international and interparliamentary relations committee, said that the issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict have been discussed at every NATO summit as part of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
“I am sure that the discussions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be carried out at this summit within Azerbaijan’s interests,” he added.
“The fact that Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity has been repeatedly confirmed at the NATO summits, testifies that all international organizations support and protect Azerbaijan’s position at a high-level,” he said. “I am sure that President Aliyev’s participation in the Warsaw NATO Summit will further strengthen the country’s position.”
“While cooperating with all organizations, we always adhered to Azerbaijan’s interests,” he added. “This is President Aliyev’s principle and the world community will be once again updated on Azerbaijan’s position within this principle.”
Seyidov said that Azerbaijan’s diplomacy has recently achieved great success.
“The positive discussions on Azerbaijan held in the Council of Europe, the European Parliament’s ratification of the agreement on Azerbaijan-EU cooperation can be cited as an example,” Seyidov stressed.