Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / The Karabakh Liberation Oarganization reported in its statement that the visit of Caroline Cox, the Baroness and Deputy Speaker of House of Lords of Great Britain, to Nagorno-Karabakh after its elections proved fruitless to negotiations and to so-called 'popular diplomacy'. Armenians attempted to hide the facts of occupying Azerbaijani territories by prolonging their time and using 'popular diplomacy'.
"Agressors under the patronage of international organizations hope to implement their objectives. International orrganizations and a range of foreign countries should stop their support of Armenians. The Azerbaijani Government should demand explanations from countries and the representatives that pay visits to Nagorno-Karabakh. The representatives of the Azerbaijani intellectuals should understand that their visit to Nagorno-Karabakh opened the way for such people as Caroline Cox," as was noted in the statement.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries broke out in 1988 in view of Armenia's territorial claims to Azerbaijan. Some 20% of Azerbaijani territory (Nagorno-Karabakh and seven nearby regions) have been occupied by Armenian Armed Forces since 1992. In May, 1994 a ceasefire agreement was signed between the two sides. The peaceful negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, France, and the United States are still underway.