Baku says Armenian president's statement on Nagorno-Karabakh's "independence" is groundless
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 24 / Trend , M.Aliyev /
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's statement on Nagorno-Karabakh's "independence" that he voiced at the UN General Assembly's session is groundless, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told journalists today.
Sargsyan's words openly show Armenia's position and demonstrate Azerbaijan's rightness, he said.
"Nagorno-Karabakh is a part of Azerbaijan and will always remain as inseparable," Azimov stated.
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.