FM says any activity to change occupied Azerbaijani territories’ infrastructure illegal
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 25 / Trend S.Agayeva /
Any activity aimed at changing occupied Azerbaijani territories' infrastructure is illegal, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told journalists on Friday.
He said from this point of view, the construction of any road in Kalbajar region and other initiatives are contrary to the Geneva Convention.
Azimov said it is not the first case of violation of international conventions by Armenia.
"It will be another such step of Yerevan. However, the Armenian leadership should know that it will be responsible for all the actions," Azimov said.
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 seven 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.
According to Azimov, Armenian side states that it accepted the Kazan document.
"But I want to say that in January 2010, President Serzh Sargsyan rejected the so-called updated Madrid principles and the document, proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries. Then one of the co-chairs made a number of proposals. Because of the discrepancy Azerbaijan has not accepted them. The Armenian side's claims on the Kazan meeting are simply baseless and far from reality," Azimov said.