U.S. mission is to be neutral - Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 3
The U.S. mission is to be a neutral broker and call a spade a spade, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry`s spokesman Elman Abdullayev told Trend.
"During its mission as a mediator to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the United States should consider and operate with facts," Abdullayev said, commenting on the meeting of the American co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, James Warlick with the representatives of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
As Abdullayev said, the facts of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict known to the international community.
"This is the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and committing bloody ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis. As it is known, the resolutions of international organizations condemn Armenia for the policy of occupation. Unfortunately, Armenia continues its occupant policy, ignoring the international community, documents and decisions adopted by international organizations in this regard, , " Abdullayev said.
He expressed hope that the U.S. will not succumb to blackmail and pressure of the Armenian lobby.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.I.