Slovakian FM refutes reports on visit of so-called business ‘delegation’ to Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 18 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The Slovakian Foreign Ministry refuted reports about the visit of the so-called "delegation" of the Slovak, Czech and Austrian entrepreneurs to the Nagorno-Karabakh, the Slovak Embassy in Russia reported.
"Regarding the information published in Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian media in early February 2011 concerning the visit of the so-called "delegation" of the Slovak, Czech and Austrian entrepreneurs to the Nagorno-Karabakh, the Slovak Embassy reports that the business delegation's visit, which was organized and led by Slovak citizen Ashot Grigorian, was solely his private initiative," the report reads.
Therefore, the information provided by Grigorian at a press conference in Yerevan concerning the alleged official character of the visit and joint financing of projects in the Nagorno-Karabakh by the Eximbank of Slovakia, contradict the reality.
The Slovak Republic's official position on the Nagorno-Karabakh remains unchanged and is based on the principle of following the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in accordance with international law and UN resolutions, the embassy said.
Energy Consalt Company director Ashot Grigorian stated that the European investors plan to build 15 small hydroelectric plants on the territory of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh. He said this at a press conference in Yerevan on Feb.4, the ARKA news agency reported.
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.