Azerbaijan Expresses Protest to India: Ambassador

Politics Materials 4 April 2008 14:45 (UTC +04:00)
Azerbaijan Expresses Protest to India: Ambassador

Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 April /corr. Trend S.Agayeva / Azerbaijan expressed its protest to India, who voted against the Resolution on Situation in Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan during the recent session of the UN General Assembly.

The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan expressed its dissatisfaction with the position of India in this regard, Azerbaijan's Ambassador to India, Tamerlan Garayev, reported to Trend by telephone from Delhi on 4 April.  

The Resolution highlights serious concerns that the armed conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh territory of Azerbaijan and its surrounding regions is continuing to present threats for the international peace and security and adversely affects the humanitarian situation in the South Caucasus countries.

In addition, the Resolution requires an immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all Armenian Armed Forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

Thirty-nine countries voted for and seven countries, namely Angola, Armenia, France, Russia, the USA, India and Banuatu, votedagainst the resolution with 100 members abstaining from the vote.

The note of protest has already been submitted to the Foreign Ministry of India and we are currently awaiting a response, the Ambassador said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries appeared in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani lands including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. Since 1992 to the present time, these territories have been under Armenian occupation. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a cease-fire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Russia, France and USA) are holding peaceful negotiations.

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