Azerbaijan, Morocco ink document to prevent illegal economic activity in occupied lands (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 5
The protocol of the first meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco was signed March 5, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend.
Relevant text was introduced in the Protocol on the illegal economic and other activities of Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The text of the Protocol says:
"The Azerbaijani side informed the Moroccan side on the current situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as well as about the illegal economic and other activities in these territories accompanied by the violation of the state and private property rights contradicting the norms and principles of the international law, and about attempts of Armenia to strengthen military occupation, as well as its attempts to attract foreign physical and legal entities to illegal activity in these territories."
In this regard, the Azerbaijani side referred to the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, as well as to 10/44-POL Resolution on the aggression of the Republic of Armenia against the Republic of Azerbaijan, approved at the 44th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on July 10-11, 2017, where among other issues, “requests the Member States to carry out strict measures to prevent any activity of their physical and legal persons against sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, as well as not to engage in any activity or not to support such activity in Nagorno-Karabakh region and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan”.
To this end, Azerbaijan requested the Kingdom of Morocco to prevent import and export, trade and sale of products and services produced in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region, or the products and services that are produced by means of resources received from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as well as not to allow any kind of activity related to the advertising and marketing of products and services for the promotion of the separatist regime created by Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, and to prohibit financial services such as financing, financial support, insurance and reinsurance related to import/export of products covered by this prohibition.
The Moroccan side reaffirmed its commitment and support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan within the internationally recognized borders and in this regard reassured its readiness to act accordingly.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.