Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: Non-recognition of “elections” in Nagorno-Karabakh by international community shows that existing status quo is unacceptable

Photo: Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: Non-recognition of “elections” in Nagorno-Karabakh by international community shows that existing status quo is unacceptable / Nagorno-karabakh conflict

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 20 /Trend S.Agayeva/

Non-recognition of "elections" in Nagorno-Karabakh by international community shows that existing status quo is unacceptable, Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev said at a news briefing on Friday.

"All attempts of Armenians are doomed to failure. International community recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and sees the settlement of the conflict within the territorial integrity" Abdullayev said.

He noted that non-recognition of the so-called "elections" was a message to the leadership of Armenia.

The OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs (Ambassadors Robert Bradtke of the United States, Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, and Jacques Faure of France) have noted that none of their three countries, nor any other country, recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent and sovereign state.

The so-called presidential elections were held in separatist Nagorno-Karabakh on July 19, independence of which is not recognized by any country in the world.

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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