Baku, Azerbaijan, May 18
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
The statements made by Yerevan after the Vienna meeting on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement are provocative again and distort the conflict's essence, Hikmet Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, told Trend May 18.
He was commenting on the statement made by Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian during a session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Sofia, Bulgaria.
"Today, the entire international community, in particular, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs emphasize the inadmissibility of the current dangerous status quo and urge for changing it," said the spokesperson. "Unfortunately, instead of showing constructiveness, Armenia's foreign minister by all means tries again to create conditions for maintaining the status quo."
"If Nalbandian is doing this under the instructions of his country's president, then it is a dangerous path and it can dramatize the situation," said Hajiyev. "The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs should take serious measures in this regard."
The remarks made by Nalbandian, who represents the corrupt military dictatorship, on the concept of "democratic security" or "democratic peace" can only cause laughter and irony, said Hajiyev.
"The Armenian regime, which is committing massacre against its citizens by using firearms, has no moral, political and legal right to talk about human rights and democracy," he added.
"Armenia's military gamble on the line of contact in early April has once again proved that the Armenian regime is a serious threat for the whole region," said Hajiyev.
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.
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