Azerbaijan increasing pressure on OSCE Minsk Group – expert

Azerbaijan increases pressure on the OSCE Minsk Group member countries, including Russia, Sergey Markov, Russian president’s confidant, member of Russian Civic

He was commenting on the July 21 meeting of presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia, Ilham Aliyev and Vladimir Putin, in Sochi.

“Russia is simply more active than other OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries,” Markov said, adding the other member countries, France and the US, do nothing.

He noted that when the meeting is not announced, it means that the sides plan to have a brief meeting due to the need to quickly solve certain issues.

After the killing of civilians in the Alkhanli village of Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli district, the pressure of public opinion in Azerbaijan is so high, that the country’s leadership should communicate this to the mediators and take certain measures if the negotiations remain frozen, Markov said.

On July 4 at about 20:40 (GMT+4 hours), the Armenian armed forces again violated ceasefire and, using 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and grenade launchers, shelled Azerbaijani positions and territories where the civilian population lives, namely the Alkhanli village of the country’s Fuzuli district. As a result of this provocation, the residents of the village Sahiba Allahverdiyeva, 50, and Zahra Guliyeva, 2, were killed. Salminaz Guliyeva, 52, who got wounded, was taken to the hospital and was operated on.

“The leadership of Azerbaijan asks the Russian leadership to exert pressure on the leadership of Armenia in order to bring it back to the negotiating table,” said Markov.

It is known that the Armenian leadership is not against negotiations, but is against profound talks, he added.

“And President Ilham Aliyev wants meaningful progress. I believe that the issues on how this progress will happen and when the next negotiations will take place were discussed and agreed on by the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan.”

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.


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