Azerbaijan, Baku, March 5 / Trend , U.Sadikhova/
Biased decision of the U.S. House of Representatives committee on foreign affairs is a feeling of regret. The congressmen make a decision around the unconfirmed events happening hundred years ago, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov told Trend .
"If this process continues, it could bring harms to measures to restore stability and security in the region, including the tense negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Polukhov said.
U.S. House of Representatives committee on foreign affairs adopted the resolution recognizing the so-called "Armenian genocide." Resolution was adopted with 23 pros and 22 cons of congressmen.
Instead of making such subjective decisions, it would be better if the same Congress would find the courage and assess the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, which began 20 years ago, the crimes committed against Azerbaijanis through the occupation and ethnic cleansing, expelling million refugees and internally displaced persons from their homes, said the Foreign Ministry spokesman.
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. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
"All these events have been proven in the international community, and living witnesses are still waiting for justice. I hope that the decision of the committee on foreign affairs will not gain support in Congress and it will not be adopted," said Polukhov.