Azerbaijani CEC interested in participation of country's citizens of Armenian origin residing in Nagorno-Karabakh in parliamentary elections
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 24 / Trend T.Hajiyev /.
The Azerbaijani Central Election Commission (CEC) is interested in participation of the Azerbaijani citizens of Armenian origin residing in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
"The CEC is interested to ensure the right of voting of the Azerbaijani citizens of Armenian origin residing in the Armenian-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region in the parliamentary elections," CEC International Relations Department Head Rovzat Gasimov told Trend today.
"In the previous elections, Azerbaijan has appealed to the international organizations with request to support Azerbaijan in this matter. Azerbaijan is doing everything possible to ensure the constitutional rights of all citizens, as well as its citizens of Armenian origin, and the right of participation in the upcoming elections."
The Azerbaijani parliament elections are scheduled for Nov. 7.
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 and the surrounding regions.
Azerbaijan is ready to ensure this right of the country's citizens of Armenian origin, Gasimov said.
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