875,000 Azerbaijani refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
4 UN Security Council Resolutions
20 Years of OSCE Minsk Group negotiations
…still no progress
Nagorno-Karabakh – Our mission
TEAS is actively engaged in raising awareness of the ongoing Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven adjacent territories.
TEAS would like to see the Nagorno-Karabakh issue given more prominence in global diplomatic circles. World governments have not prioritised the resolution of this conflict, thereby allowing a situation to develop that has the capacity to explode into a full-blown war at any time.
It is disappointing that, despite the passing of four UN Security Council resolutions; a Resolution from PACE; a Resolution in the EU Parliament and the recent focus on the region, due to the Ukrainian crisis, the OSCE Minsk Group – and the wider international community – are allowing Armenia to continue the illegal occupation of Azerbaijani territories.
TEAS strongly believes that a resolution to the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be vital in increasing the prosperity of the Caucasus region as a whole. We also believe that the West has an important role to play in ending this continuing conflict. This is why we campaign for a more active role from the UK, US and EU, with the aim of reaching a just resolution and enabling the return of 875,000 refugees and internally-displaced persons (IDPs) to their homeland.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was fought from 1988–94, between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Azerbaijani territory in the west of the country populated by both Azerbaijanis and ethnic Armenians. However, the history of this dispute stretches back for centuries. ‘Nagorno’ is the Russian word for ‘mountainous’ and ‘Karabakh’ means ‘Black Garden’ in Azerbaijani. Nagorno-Karabakh is universally recognised by the international community as being part of the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan. (1)
Despite Azerbaijan’s ancient right to the land, Armenian influence grew under the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union; many ethnic Azerbaijanis were forced to the periphery. There is widespread evidence of the deliberate resettlement of many thousands of Armenians from Iran and Turkey to the Nagorno-Karabakh region during the 19th century.
(1) UN affirmation of Azerbaijani sovereignty over Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/ga10693.doc.htm