MEP: Armenia should end occupation
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 17 /Trend, S. Ahmadova/
The occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven surrounding districts of Azerbaijan by Armenian Armed Forces should be called a violation of international law, including resolutions (No 822, 853 ,874 and 884) adopted by UN Security Council in 1993, the member of European Parliament Vasilica Viorica Dancila said in response to the inquiry of European Azerbaijan Society about Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Despite the fact that 20 years have passed since the date of the resolutions' adoption, Armenia continues its occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding territories and thus violates the international law. An end should be put to this," she noted.
"Azerbaijani IDPs have a right to safely return to Azerbaijan's occupied territories. Azerbaijan participates in the European neighborhood policy and is very interested in the creation of peaceful relations with EU partner countries. Therefore, the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is very important from European point of view," she said.
According to her, the EU has always stated that the Armenian-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be solved in a short time.
The MEP recalled the so called "parliamentary elections" in Nagorno Karabakh in May 2010 and so called "presidential elections" in July 2012.
"The High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton openly stated the illegitimacy of the above mentioned elections. International law doesn't recognize Nagorno-Karabakh and these elections strengthened the opinion about inadmissibility of the current status-quo. Such situation cannot but concern EU," Dancila stressed.
The MEP noted that the EU Special Representative for South Caucasus acts together with OSCE and Minsk Group in order to solve the conflicts of the region peacefully, including the resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and to render help to the IDPs.
"It is important that jointly with other partners in the region, it pushes the parties to resume peace negotiations," she noted.
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.