Deputy Speaker: Meeting on Nagorno-Karabakh in House of Representatives does not reflect U.S official position
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 20 / Trend M. Aliyev /
The fact that some Pro-Armenian bodies are active in the meetings on Nagorno-Karabakh in the House of Representatives does not reflect the U.S official position, Deputy Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova told the official website of the ruling "New Azerbaijan Party".
Muradova said that the U.S. has repeatedly spoken about the recognition of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.
"Not only the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, but also the so-called Armenian genocide are considered all the time," Muradova said. "All this is the result of active work of the Armenian diaspora and circles serving Armenian interests."
Muradova said that the Armenians try to insist their issues stay on the agenda.
"Sometimes they are able to carry out these activities," she said. "But this does not mean that the expressed statements are the U.S. position. We must not lose heart. We should continue working, because the justice and principles of international law are on our side. If the U.S., as a superpower and superforce, is interested in restoring the principles of international law and expressing its position, their actions must comply with this. It is necessary to work with each member of the House of Representatives. Our diplomats, politicians, NGOs, and diaspora must also work together."
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 Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.