Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 6 /Trend, M.Aliyev/
All international documents, including resolutions and decisions adopted by the UN, OSCE and Council of Europe, clearly recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan. At the same time, during the collapse of the Soviet Union, when each republic declared its independence, the territorial borders were defined. Therefore, Armenia's recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh in any form would factually mean a legal assessment of an aggressive policy of this country, deputy executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP)
Mubariz Gurbanli in an interview to the website of the ruling party, expressing his attitude towards the discussions at the Armenian parliament on a bill on recognition of independence of Nagorno-Karabakh.
"When Azerbaijan was internationally recognized as a sovereign state, Nagorno-Karabakh was recognized as its territory. The discussions held at the Armenian parliament are a political bluff," he said.
Remembering Armenia's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts, Gurbanli said that these and other structures created by Armenia in these territories are illegal. According to him, the creators of illegal structures called "NKR" are actually the leaders of Armenia.
"Among them there are leaders such as Robert Kocharian, Serj Sarksyan and Seyran Oganian. So, how much Armenia tried, does not hide and can not hide the fact of occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts by the armed forces of Armenia. Because of the occupation, any structure created by Armenia here is illegal," said Gurbanli.
According to the official representative of the NAP, the toy regime established in the occupied territories, whether it is recognized by Armenian, does not affect the position of Azerbaijan.
"Even if the Armenian parliament recognizes this toy regime, this recognition does not play any role internationally. International documents again recognize these territories as occupied. At the same time, even if Armenia recognizes this illegal structure, a similar action of any other country will be equal to zero. Furthermore, this matter has caused serious differences in opinions in Armenia itself. Such actions strike the peace negotiations and the peacekeeping mission of the OSCE in general, and lead to actions that are contrary to documents adopted by the UN," he added.
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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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