Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.14 / Trend S.Agayeva/
Azerbaijan has sent a protest note to Uruguay due to the recent statements made by this country's MP and his illegal visit to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, Spokesman of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev said at a briefing on Wednesday.
"The visit of several Uruguayan MPs does not change anything except escalate the situation. Armenian forces are behind it and it harms the negotiating process. Armenia realises that Azerbaijan is able to return its territories back, but at this stage it adheres to peaceful solutions to the conflict. Azerbaijan is able to return its lands," Abdullayev said.
He said unfortunately some foreign MPs have turned this into a kind of tool for the Armenian side and so harms the peace process.
"Uruguay should realise that such steps are dangerous to the fragile peace process. All should realise that sooner or later Azerbaijan will restore its territorial integrity," he said.
Abdullayev said that the Azerbaijani Embassy in Argentina, also accredited to Uruguay, is instructed to present a protest note to the Foreign Ministry of Uruguay.
If MPs from Uruguay illegally visit the occupied territories, then it means that they are disrespectful to the violation of rights of refugees and IDPs, Abdullayev said.
Uruguay could become the first country to recognise the independence of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh, co-chairman of the Armenian-Uruguayan inter-parliamentary friendship group and member of the Commission on Foreign Relations of Uruguay's Parliament, Rubén Martínez Huelmo said on Tuesday night in Khankendi, ARKA reported.
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.