Baku, Azerbaijan, March 27
The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) has protested to the Armenian Football Federation regarding the coaching courses held in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, AFFA said on March 27.
At the UEFA Congress in Astana, AFFA Secretary General Elkhan Mammadov informed the European Football Union representatives about this issue. He expressed his concern about the fact that the Armenian Football Federation conducts the coaching courses in the territory of Azerbaijan.
Mammadov also expressed AFFA's concern during a meeting with Secretary General of the Armenian Federation. The latter stated that the courses do not have an international status and stressed that the protest will be considered.
In 2008 AFFA joined UEFA Coaching Convention on the courses of "A" and "B" categories, and two years later to the PRO convention. Only AFFA is authorized to organize PRO coaching courses of "C", "B" and "A" categories on the territory of Azerbaijan, according to the requirements of the convention.
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.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN