Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 20 / Trend Trend M. Aliyev /
Construction and possible commissioning of Khojaly airport by Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan have a negative impact on the negotiation process on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and create tensions, the deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, head of the foreign relations department Novruz Mammadov told journalists on Sunday.
Earlier, Armenian media reported about the commissioning of the airport in Khojaly in the near future.
Commissioning the airport in Khojaly is an open violation of the Convention on International Civil Aviation [adopted on December 7, 1944 in Chicago], the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported earlier.
In this regard, Azerbaijan will strengthen the legal level on the application of Chicago convention.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Civil Aviation Conference (ICAC) also support the position of Azerbaijan on this issue.
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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