Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 22 / Trend S.Agayeva /
The recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh's independence by Armenia would be a big mistake of Yerevan, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said speaking at the opening of 'The South Caucasus in a Changing World "Annual Symposium of International Relations Scholars in Baku today. He was commenting on the Armenian Foreign Ministry's statement.
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian does not rule out that Yerevan may recognize Karabakh's independence, Panorama.am reported.
"If Armenia begins the process of recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh, it will be a big mistake in terms of the international law. The recognition of Karabakh's independence would mean that Armenia recognizes the fact of occupation of the Azerbaijani lands," he said.
Following this [recognition of Karabakh's independence], Mammadyarov said, the UN Security Council should take unique reaction. The independence of Azerbaijan, including Nagorno-Karabakh, has been recognized by the UN together with all member-states.
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.