American Diplomat Calls on UN to Show Political Will and Recognize Armenia as Aggressor
Azerbaijan, Baku, 30 March / Trend corr K. Ramazanova/ Recognition of Armenia's aggressive policy towards Azerbaijan requires the political will of the UN, the former US Ambassador to UN (2001-2006) Sichan Siv said to journalists in Baku on 30 March.
"Each UN member should show political will to recognize Armenia as aggressor," Siv said.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
According to the American diplomat, Armenia had not the rights to occupy the territory of Azerbaijan and the international community should openly condemn the country for its deeds instead of silently observing the on-going events.
Siv is visiting Baku in order to participate in the international conference 'The History as It Is' dedicated to the Day of the Azerbaijani Genocide - 31 March.
In 1918, Armenians committed mass genocide in Azerbaijan. Tens thousand civilians were killed brutally in different cities of the country.