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Karabakh conflict poses threat to regional peace: FM

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NEW YORK, (DNA) – Pakistan has reaffirmed its support to Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who spoke at the OIC Contact Group meeting on “the Aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan”, said the unresolved conflict posed a serious threat to regional peace and security.

Besides Pakistan, the meeting was also attended by foreign ministers and senior officials from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Gambia, Djibouti, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

In his remarks, Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s support to the principled position of Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

He said that Pakistan’s position on the issue remains unchanged and was based on the principles established by the UN Security Council resolutions.

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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