Azerbaijani NGO protests U.S. allocation of financial aid to Nagorno-Karabakh separatists
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 3 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) issued a statement in protest against the allocation of U.S. financial assistance to the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, KLO said.
U.S. has demonstrated a pro-Armenian position, allocating financial assistance to the illegal regime of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, a statement said.
"The United States often state about participation in the struggle against occupation and terrorism, but on the other hand, they patronize terrorist and occupation regime," a statement said.
The Committee on Foreign Appropriations of the U.S. House of Representatives approved a budget for 2011. The amount of financial assistance allocated to Armenia next year will be $44 million. This amount is 4 million more than that one envisaged by Barack Obama, but at the same time, 4 four million less than last year.
The U.S. administration has also increased aid allocations to the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh up to $10 million, which is 2 million more than last year's aid.
The Committee decided to maintain parity in military aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan, allocating Yerevan and Baku $3,5 million as military financing and 450,000 for the needs of military education.
KLO criticizes comprehensive support to Armenian gangsters by the United States, which violates the norms of international law, regardless of the resolutions and decisions of international organizations.
"This policy is aimed for Azerbaijan to be on its knees before Armenian occupation regime, to force Azerbaijan to surrender and take a peaceful position, to surrender Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia," a statement 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.
According to KLO, such actions strengthen anti-U.S mood in Azerbaijan and make the U.S. mediation in the Karabakh issue impossible.
KLO calls for Azerbaijani officials to refuse from meeting with U.S. Secretary of State in the coming days.