Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 15 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova /
The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan is always glad to know the Azerbaijani people's opinion, the Public Relations Officer Terry Davidson, told Trend today.
He added that Azerbaijani parties sent an appeal to the embassy as a sign of protest against the U.S. Congress deciding to provide financial assistance to the de facto Nagorno-Karabakh regime.
"I will always encourage opinions and informing the public about them as it is an attribute of open democratic society," Davidson said.
He added that all appeals should be made directly to Congress.
The ruling New Azerbaijan Party and pro-governmental and pro-opposition parties signed the appeal, stating that Congress' actions contradict the national interests of both countries.
Azerbaijani political figures said the financial aid damages U.S. authority in the international community.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. General Assembly's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.