Baku, Azerbaijan, May 4
The discussions held by Armenia on a draft law on recognition of the occupation regime in Nagorno-Karabakh are a show called a "democratic process", the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend May 4.
He was commenting on a statement made by Vladimir Hakobyan, spokesperson for the Armenian president.
"The contradictory statements of the Armenian president, foreign minister, his deputies, defense minister and other officials of that country, have become a tradition and the remark made by the Armenian president's spokesperson is another inadequate statement," added Hajiyev.
"That person, trying to preach about democracy, says that in case of recognition of the occupation regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, everyone will first hear that from the Armenian president," said Hajiyev. "On the other hand, talking about the "democratic expression of people's will", Vladimir Hakobyan denies himself."
"His words suggest that the Armenian leadership is turning a blind eye to "democratic expression of the will of the Armenian people"," said Hajiyev.
He went on to add that the Armenian leadership, ignoring the results of its irresponsible actions, is trying to disrupt the process of a political solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"It is evident that the Armenian leadership doesn't realize its actions," Hajiyev said. "Assertions about the existence of democracy in Armenia can be perceived as a bad joke."
Earlier, Vladimir Hakobyan, press secretary of the Armenian president, commented on the proposal of the Armenian MPs to "recognize" the Nagorno-Karabakh.
Hakobyan said that in case of the official recognition, everyone will learn about that first from the president of Armenia.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.