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UN official: Baku conference contributes to new proposals to fight terrorism

18 March 2013 16:52 (UTC+04:00)
UN official: Baku conference contributes to new proposals to fight terrorism

The Baku conference has contributed to new proposals of combating terrorism, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov said in Baku on Monday.

"So far, such conferences on terrorism have not been held," he said at the international conference 'Strengthening cooperation in preventing terrorism'.

"Certain proposals that can be used by the international community within the UN Counter-Terrorism Strategy, the fight against terrorism in all directions and prevention of terrorism were put forward during the conference," he said.

According to Fedotov, there is still no definition of terrorism and there are various problems. Therefore, the sooner the international community will be able to work out such a definition, the better, he said.

While answering a question about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, Fedotov stressed that UN member states hope that Azerbaijan and Armenia sooner or later, will come to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. - are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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