Int’l community should oppose “election” in Karabakh – Turkish MP

Int’l community should oppose “election” in Karabakh – Turkish MP

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.1

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The international community should oppose the "parliamentary election" scheduled by the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh for May 3 and shouldn't recognize its results, an MP from Turkish ruling party told Trend on April1.

"I hope the results of the "parliamentary election" won't be recognized as it was last time," said Mustafa Kabakci, MP from Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party.

Kabakci said that holding of the "election" should be assessed as a step taken to the detriment of the decisions of the UN Security Council and OSCE principles.

Turkey doesn't recognize this "election" and considers it illegal, the MP added.

Turkey, as it was said before, supports the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, said Kabakci.

Kabakci said that during the negotiations held within OSCE Minsk Group on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, this "election" should be strongly condemned and it should be noted that holding this "election" is a blow to peace and stability in the region.

The "parliamentary election" scheduled to be held in Nagorno-Karabakh create a barrier for the peace process, Kabakci said. "Armenia should withdraw from Azerbaijan's occupied lands in the shortest possible time."

Previously, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said that the "parliamentary election" scheduled by the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh for May 3 violates Azerbaijani law and is aimed at undermining the negotiation process on the settlement of the conflict.

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 US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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