Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 15
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijan will send a note of protest to Spain with regard to the adoption of a resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh by a local provincial government in Basque Country, an autonomous community in northern Spain, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Spain Altay Afandiyev told Trend Sept. 15.
"The media reports on the adoption of a resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh by the Basque parliament are not quite accurate, the document was adopted not by the parliament, but at the level of local provincial government," he said.
"The embassy is continuing to work to clarify the essence of the issue, as yet it is unclear what wording was used in the document, and whether the self-determination or independence rights of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is recognized or not," the ambassador added.
Ambassador Afandiyev said the embassy requested a meeting with the head of the autonomous community's government, adding that the dates will be defined soon.
"Aside from that the embassy will send a letter to the president of the Basque Country, demanding an explanation," the diplomat said.
Earlier, Armenian media reported about the adoption of a resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh by the Basque parliament.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. 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.
Edited by CN