Top official: So-called “elections” in Nagorno-Karabakh negatively impact peace-making process
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 29 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Any political action carried out by Nagorno-Karabakh self-proclaimed regime, negatively impacts the peace-making mission to resolve the conflict, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov told media on Thursday.
He commented on the presidential elections planned to be held by the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh in July.
Azerbaijan's position is unambiguous. The international organizations have been informed about this position, Hasanov noted.
The OSCE Minsk Group member-states unambiguously condemn illegal holding of the elections, he underscored.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 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.