İnformation of the Press service of the State Security Service

Official 14 November 2023


A meeting with the president of the OSCE PA was held at SSS

On November 14, the Chief of the State Security Service, Chairman of the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Missing Persons and Hostages Ali Naghiyev, received the delegation led by the president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Mrs. Pia Kauman. During the meeting, which took place in the conditions of mutual exchange of views, issues related to the current situation prevailing in the South Caucasus region after the military operations in Karabakh, ensuring the safe living of people in the territory of Karabakh, the consequences caused by the high contamination of that region with mines, and the fate of the missing and hostages as a result of the conflict were primarily discussed.

The Chairman of Commission, Ali Naghiyev highlighted that our state is currently carrying out large-scale reconstruction works in the lands liberated from occupation, however  a significant part of the mentioned areas had been mined by Armenia and despite this had been the subject of repeated negotiations, the fact that the Azerbaijan side have not been provided with mine maps or the locations of the mines have been inaccurately indicated presents a serious obstacle for the speedy implementation of the reconstruction process. Noting that the victims of mine terrorism are increasing day by day, it was emphasized that the OSCE along with other international organizations should put pressure on Armenia to provide accurate mine maps.

Addressing the issue of the disappearance of nearly 4,000 of our citizens as a result of the military aggression and ethnic cleansing policy of Armenia against Azerbaijan Ali Naghiyev stated that although the liberation of our lands from occupation facilitated their search, it is still impossible to clarify the fate of a large number of our compatriots. Armenia, demonstrating non-constructiveness in this area as well, under various pretexts refuses to cooperate in the field of search of mass graves locations where azerbaijanies were buried.

The Chairman of the State Commission Ali Naghiyev highlighted that despite all this, Azerbaijan spares no efforts to establish lasting peace and stability in the region, always prioritizing the principles of neighborliness and peaceful coexistence comprehensively ensures and guarantees the safety of people of Armenian origin living in Karabakh and stressed the importance of normalization of relations with Armenia and signing of a peace treaty.

During the conversation the visitor was informed that while a real possibility of establishment of lasting peace in the region exists attempts of certain states to arm Armenia with the purpose of destabilizing the situation in the region again are totally unacceptable and that such cases shall cause another reignition of war.  

The president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Mrs. Pia Kauma, in her turn noted that the organization she represents can provide the necessary support to the process of building trust between Azerbaijan and Armenia and highlighted her position regarding the future security of the region.

Other issues of mutual interest were also discussed at the meeting.