FM: Azerbaijan to never reconcile with occupation of its territories
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 19 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
Any clashes in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict show that Azerbaijan will never reconcile with the occupation of its territories. There is a fairly simple way to avoid armed conflict. It is to sit down at the negotiating table and continue working on the basis of updated Madrid principles, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry official representative Elkhan Polukhov, told Trend commenting on statements by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
Nalbandian, commenting on the Armenian media, said that Baku is doing everything possible to frustrate the negotiating process.
According to Armenian media June 18, an armed incident occurred in the occupied Azerbaijani territories. Four Armenian military men died and four soldiers - wounded. One failed to confirm or refute this information in the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence.
"Mr Nalbandian might have to touch upon the core of the sharp military confrontation instead of commenting on matters which are outside his competence, but the cause of which lies in the continuing occupation of Azerbaijani lands," Polukhov said.
He said that the adoption and implementation of this document will allow avoiding this kind of cases that claim the lives of people. "Incidentally, this fact once again confirms that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not frozen, as the Armenian side would like to think," Polukhov said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.