Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton during her visit to Iran on March 8, visited the Vank Cathedral in Armenian-populated New Julfa neighbourhood of Isfahan province.
One of the top officials of Azerbaijan's presidential administration expressed his view on this visit.
"Madam Ashton paid a historic visit to Armenian Church in New Julfa while being in Iran. This is completely understandable," deputy head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, head of the administration's Foreign Relations Department, Novruz Mammadov wrote on his Twitter page.
Mammadov also said that "Madam Ashton may have pledged to visit an Armenian Church in any part of the world".
It should be noted that Azerbaijan has repeatedly presented evidence that Armenia, after occupying Azerbaijani territories, has been destroying historical and cultural monuments.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent 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.