"We clearly understand geopolitical realia and challenges, Azerbaijan faces today, particularly a challenge related to the Armenian-Azerbaijani, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflicts and we state resolutely that the European Parliament fully supports Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty, as stressed in the European Parliament resolutions adopted on May 20, 2010 and October 23, 2013, the resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 adopted by the UNSC in 1993," the statement published on the website of Azerbaijan's parliament said on Wednesday.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict began in 1988, when the autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. The region proclaimed independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The move triggered a war that lasted until a Russia-brokered ceasefire was signed in 1994.
Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, while Armenia is defending the interests of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which has not been part of the peace talks conducted since 1992.