Azerbaijani top official: All flights to Azerbaijan's occupied territories should be carried out in accordance with international law
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 7/ Trend, M. Aliyev /
All processes associated with flights to the occupied Azerbaijani territories should be carried out in accordance with established international legal norms and relevant legislation, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Foreign Relations Department Head Novruz Mammadov said.
"All processes should be carried out in accordance with established legal norms and relevant legislation," Mammadov told journalists today commenting on the Armenian President's visit to Khankendi this week and his acquaintance with illegal construction of an airport in this territory.
Armenia plans to open the airport in Khankendi in May. Armenian President said that he will be the first passenger of an aircraft, which will depart from Khankendi.
Mammadov said the relevant international convention, as well as laws exist on this issue.
"Armenia takes steps violating these laws, however, all steps taken in this sphere should be regulated only within the law," he said.
Armenia has no right to operate the airport in Khankendi, built in the Azerbaijani occupied territories. This contradicts all international conventions and will not be allowed by any international organizations, including an influential organization such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), AZAL spokesman Maharram Safarli said earlier.
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.