Azerbaijan-NATO meeting to be held in Brussels

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will take part in the Azerbaijan-NATO meeting, to be held on May 31 in Brussels, the Foreign Ministry’s press service said May 30.

Elmar Mammadyarov will address the North Atlantic Council and hold a number of bilateral meetings.

Azerbaijan is an active partner of NATO in peacekeeping operations. The cooperation is carried out as part of the “Partnership for Peace” program.

The Azerbaijani foreign minister’s meeting with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (MG) on Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is also expected within the visit.

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.

Source: Trend