Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 22 / Trend I. Izzet /
Head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration's Social and Political Department Ali Hasanov has expressed his viewpoint over Turkish President Abdullah Gul's congratulating Serzh Sargsyan before the official announcement of the presidential election results in Armenia.
"We condemn any support to the aggressor regime until the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is resolved, the army of the aggressor withdraws from the Azerbaijani lands and Azerbaijani territorial integrity is restored," Hasanov said, adding that Azerbaijani public is very sensitive towards any support to the aggressor.
"We express our protest against the contacts with Armenia and any support for Armenia's aggressor regime rendered at all levels - no matter whether it is the support at the level of parliament, public, media or NGO level," he said.
"This is not only Azerbaijan's position, but also the demand of Azerbaijani people, as well as the Turkish public."
Everyone knows that Turkish and Azerbaijani public exerted significant pressure on their governments for the borders with Armenia not to be opened until the occupation is ceased, Azerbaijani occupied territories are completely liberated and no support is provided to this regime. The public also stated that the regime must not be supported at the international arena."
"Of course, Azerbaijan is sensitive to any event, aimed at establishing the communication with Armenia," he said. "I believe we have a right for this."
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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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