Azerbaijani FM: Armenia frivolously approaches Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 19 /Trend, E.Tariverdiyeva/
In his statements, the Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandian not only demonstrates the frivolity of the Armenian side's approach to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but also deceives his own fellow citizens and society and the international community in order to disguise the failure of the Armenian diplomacy, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev told Trend.
"Nalbandian's statements do not reflect an elementary respect for the principles and norms of the international law, the United Nations and OSCE resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," said Abdullayev.
Abdullayev said these principles have been reflected in the Maindorf Declaration, signed by the president of the country, which Nalbandian represents. Maindorf Declaration says that "the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved based on the principles and norms of the international law and the decisions and documents adopted in this framework", i.e. UN and OSCE resolutions and the statements of many international organizations that recognize the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and demand the withdrawal of Armenian forces from occupied Azerbaijani lands.
"It also needs to present to Nalbandian's attention that in their statements, the presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairman countries have repeatedly stated that the current status quo is unacceptable," said Abdullayev.
Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandian said that despite the destructive position of Azerbaijan, Armenia will continue its efforts for a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict, based on the principles of international law and UN Charter, Mediamax 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.