Azerbaijan, Baku, July 19 / Trend, M.Aliyev /
Romania does not recognize the so-called "presidential elections" in Nagorno-Karabakh, Embassy of Azerbaijan in Romania told Trend on Thursday.
Romanian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the so-called "presidential elections", held in Nagorno-Karabakh on July 19.
According to the statement, the Foreign Ministry considers illegal the so-called "presidential elections" held in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh on July 19.
"The Foreign Ministry reiterates the principled position with regard to recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh region. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry reiterates that it supports activity of the OSCE Minsk Group and its co-chairs, as well as joint efforts in resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and encourages the parties to intensify their efforts to resolve the conflict through negotiations," the statement says.
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 the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.