UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (APP):Pakistan has reaffirmed its support to Azerbaijan in its dispute with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, saying that the region along with its seven adjacent districts was under the illegal
occupation of Armenian forces since 1994.
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.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. A war in the early 1990s resulted in the expulsion of over one million Azerbaijanis from their lands.
Besides Pakistan, Monday’s meeting was also attended by Foreign Ministers and senior
officials from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Gambia, Djibouti, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
In his remarks, the Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s support to the principled position
of Azerbaijan on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.
He said that Pakistan’s position on the issue remains unchanged and was based on the principles established by the UN Security Council resolutions.