Discussion of the draft resolution 'On observing international law and peaceful resolution of Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict' has been included in the agenda of the Serbian Parliament.
Chairman of the Committee on Constitution and Law and head of the parliamentary friendship group with Azerbaijan Vladimir Tsvian has put forward a proposal on behalf of the group and the committee to include the draft resolution 'On observing international law and peaceful resolution of Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict 'on the parliamentary agenda, Azerbaijan's Embassy in Serbia told Trend on Tuesday.
The resolution notes the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict which began in 1987-88 ended with the occupation of 20 per cent of Azerbaijani lands by Armenian armed forces. Today, Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent administrative regions (Lachin, Kelbajar, Agdam, Fuzuli, Jabrail, Gubadli and Zengilan) are under the control of Armenian armed forces. The massacre committed in Khojaly on the night from 25 to 26 February 1992 was the most tragic event within the conflict.
'The national parliament supports Azerbaijan's internationally recognised territorial integrity, the inviolability of its borders and the country's sovereignty. We condemn all acts of violence against the civilian population, including the events in Khojaly.
'The National Parliament demands the implementation of all international organisations' resolutions, including the UN Security Council resolutions N 822, 853, 874 and 884, beginning a negotiation process for the peaceful resolution of the conflict and ensuring the right of refugees to return to their homes', the document says.
Complete information on the resolution is available on the website of the Serbian Parliament at: http://www.parlament.gov.rs/????/??????-????/????-?-?????????/????-?-?????????.49.html
On Feb. 25-26 February, 1992, Armenian occupation forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi (previously Stepanakert) committed an act of genocide towards the population of the Azerbaijani Khojaly town.
Some 613 people were killed including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1000 civilians were disabled during the genocide. Eight families were killed, 130 children lost one parent and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven 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 still holding yet unsuccessful peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.