Azerbaijani MPs to protest against U.S. Congress decision
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 18 / Trend A.Huseynbala /
Azerbaijani MPs will go to the U.S. to protests the U.S. Congress's decision to allocate funds to the Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh.
"During our U.S. visit, which starts Jan.21, we intend to conduct serious discussions over the U.S. Congress's decision to finance Nagorno-Karabakh separatists," Zahid Oruj, Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee member, told Trend today.
According to him, the meeting will be held in Washington and Colorado.
"During the visit, the Azerbaijani delegation composing Ganira Pashayeva, Gular Ahmedova and Iqbal Aghazade, will meet with senators and discuss American-Azerbaijani relations and the situation in the South Caucasus," he added.
He said meetings with representatives of the Azerbaijani and Turkish diaspora organizations operating in the U.S. were not ruled out.
"The U.S. is one of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. During the meetings, we will stress the need to increase U.S. efforts in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict under Azerbaijan's territorial integrity framework," he said.
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 seven surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and America- are currently holding 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.
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