Pakistan will continue to support Azerbaijan in the issue of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan’s Armed Forces, Army General Zubair Mahmood Hayat said.
He made the remarks at a meeting with Azerbaijani ambassador to Pakistan Ali Alizade, Pakistan’s embassy in Azerbaijan said Nov. 16.
Pakistan’s army general stressed that as a result of the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh and Kashmir conflicts, innocent people are constantly dying.
Zubair Mahmood Hayat added that during his visit to Azerbaijan, he will discuss further expansion of cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.
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.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the provocations which are periodically committed by Armenia against Azerbaijan, the need to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh and Kashmir conflicts on the basis of the UN resolutions, the further expansion of military-technical cooperation between the armed forces of Azerbaijan and Pakistan and implementation of new joint projects.
Zubair Mahmood Hayat’s upcoming visit to Azerbaijan was also discussed during the meeting.