Azerbaijan, Baku, May 5 / Trend S. Agayeva /
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry is considering Uruguayan Foreign Minister's statement, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry official representative Elman Abdullayev told media in Baku today.
Uruguay supports the peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of the right of nations to self-determination. According to the Armenian media, Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro said this at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandian in Yerevan on May 4.
"Nagorno Karabakh is closely related to Armenia," the minister said. "This is Karabakh's future, which it can choose for itself, using the right to self-determination."
"The Azerbaijani Embassy in Argentina has been charged with considering the position of Uruguayan Foreign Minister and the reliability of the information disseminated by the Armenian media," Abdullaev said.
He added that afterwards, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry will make an official statement.
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.
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