Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of disrespecting international law (UPDATE)

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 9 December 2010 14:12 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of continuing its disrespect for international law.
Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of disrespecting international law (UPDATE)

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 9 / Trend T. Hajiyev /

Azerbaijan has accused Armenia of continuing its disrespect for international law.

"Armenia continues its policy of disrespect for the international community and international law in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue," Ali Hasanov, the head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration's Social and Political Department said today.

He made the statement while commenting on the Armenian parliament's recent adoption of a bill amending the country's law on international treaties in the first reading.

The bill provides for legalizing the legal arrangements between Armenia and the de facto states, including the Armenia-occupied Nagorno Karabakh.

After the OSCE summit in Astana, the three OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries expressed their concern about delays in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Of course, Azerbaijan's will influenced this, Hasanov said.

President Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly underscored Azerbaijan's limited patience.

Armenia's attempts to consider previously agreed issues testify to the continuation of Armenia's nonconstructive position, Hasanov said.

Armenia's most recent actions include creating illegal settlements in the occupied territories and attempting to rename historical Azerbaijani toponyms. These shameful acts were adopted by the Armenian parliament and try to legalize the arrangements with the separatist regimes, he added.

Hasanov stressed that such moves stunt international efforts to resolve the problem.

"It should be noted that Armenia's non-constructive position led to an impasse in resolving the issue," he said. "There is no progress. There is no effort to resolve the conflict. Armenia conducts a non-constructive policy, challenging the OSCE, U.N. resolutions and the international community."

It is hard to predict future events, he said. However, Azerbaijan does not intend to tolerate this situation forever. It is ready to apply other methods by using all of the opportunities provided by international law if the negotiations provide to be fruitless, he 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 seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions.