Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 August /TrendNews, corr. I.Alizade / The Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh considers that on the eve of the presidential elections, some forces in Azerbaijan spread information of provocative character in the connection with the situation which arose around solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"The purpose of spreading information of provocative character in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is to reach the recognition of legitimacy of the present government of Armenia in the international level and inside country itself," Head of the Azerbaijan Community, Nizami Bahmanov, told Trend on 6 August.
Russian press reports that the leadership of the Azerbaijan Community of Nagorno-Karabakh was moved to Khojavend region, which is located on the front line, and the process of the returning internally displaced persons commenced.
The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding Districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. 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 USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
Bakhmanov did not confirm information on
removal of the office of the Azerbaijan Community of Nagorno-Karabakh to
Khjavend region, which is located on the front line with Armenia.
"In Khjavend region, which is situated on the front line and controlled by the Azerbaijan army, there are settlements for the internally displaced persons from Nagorno-Karabakh and other regions occupied, and at present, in accordance with the order of the President, new settlement is built there. Some forces, after seeing this, spread information on removal of the Azerbaijan Community of Nagorno-Karabakh to the front line," the Head of Community said.
In the opinion Bahmanov, the settlements, built near the front line for the internally displaced persons from Nagorno-Karabakh and other regions occupied, can be considered the component part of "great return". Bahmanov noted that the compact settling of the internally displaced persons will simplify return to the territories freed from the occupation: "Some forces, which desire to help Armenia, attempt to form opinion about the fact that supposedly the Armenians freed occupied territories, and remained only the return of IDPs. This is provocation," he said.
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