Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan raises illegality of Syrian Armenians settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh before international organizations
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.6 /Trend, S. Agayeva /
After Armenian media reports about resettlement of Syrian Armenians in the Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh territories occupied by Armenia, Baku raised issue of illegality of these activities before international organizations and OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend on Monday.
Issue of illegality of settlement in Azerbaijan's historical territories was also mentioned in earlier reports of the OSCE mission and Minsk Group, the ministry said.
"Nagorno-Karabakh is ready to accept Syrian Armenians, provide them an opportunity to study in Artsakh free of charge, as well as provide them with accommodation," Prime Minister of the separatist regime of occupied Nagorno Karabakh, Ara Harutyunyan said addressing Armenian youth resting in the camp "Aspet" (Knight), Armenian media outlets 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 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.