Self-Determination of Karabakh Armenians, Separate from Azerbaijan Cannot be Considered – Deputy Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. К.Ramazanova / The officials in Baku denies the statements by Armenians, that the Armenians of the Nagorno-Karabakh region have the right of self-determination on the basis of the negotiations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, in the regulation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
" Armenia considers the meeting in Madrid as one-sided, and an attempt to the world to take its opinion as a fact. , said Araz Azimov, the Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister, during the briefing on 14 December.
Azimov said that the one-sided policy will not give any positive results to Armenia. "Firstly, the discussions on the main principles will be continued as no agreement has been achieved so far. Secondly, the discussions will continue on the basis of the norms and the principles of the international rights," Azimov said.
Azerbaijan does not seek for war with Armenia, Yerevan stated, but wants to restore its territorial integrity. "Territorial integrity was and will be the principle motive of Azerbaijan," Azimov noted. The Deputy Minister added that "Even the implementation of the principle of self-determination of the nation should not lead to the breakdown, and always should be resolved within the territorial integrity."
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988, due to the Armenian territorial claims in Azerbaijan. Since 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement, which ended the active hostilities. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.