Azerbaijani representative took part in UN discussions on peoples' right of self-determination
On Monday and Wednesday at the committee of the UN General Assembly on social, humanitarian and cultural issues the discussions on "Peoples' right of self-determination" have been held, the Azerbaijan's permanent mission to the United Nations reported in its press-release disseminated on Thursday.
Representatives of 37 member-states, including Azerbaijan, have made statements in the discussions. It has been noted in the majority of statements that peoples' right of self-determination has force only regarding peoples living on colonial territories, under slavery and despotism, including those dwelling under foreign military occupation. The presence of definite limits in the international and national law for peoples' right of self-determination, incompatibility of unilateral secession from independent states with the international law have been underlined. It has also been underlined the unacceptability of the implementation of this right by unlawful use of force and violation of the international law norms of basic character (jus cogens).
It has been noted in the statement made on behalf on Azerbaijan that besides mentioned general provisions and normative grounds, the cases of the wrong and rough interpretation of this right are occurring. It has been reported that it is unacceptable as the obvious example of these cases the reference to the peoples' right of self-determination for the justification of the factual occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, use of force and realization of ethnic cleansing
Such a position contradicts the international law and the process of political negotiations, going on this issue, the mission reported in the press-release. Among member-states which representatives interpreted peoples' right of self-determination as unilateral secession, Armenia was the only country. The Armenian representative declaring claims on the Azerbaijani territories again demonstrated publicly his country's disrespect towards the UN Charter and the international law. Such an aggressive and unconstructive stance has caused profound disagreement among states-members. It has been brought to the attention by replying to this position in the relevant order on behalf of Azerbaijan that only Armenia is liable for the commencement of the war, Armenia committed various international crimes of serious nature during the war and these facts have been confirmed by sound proofs. The evaluation of the right of self-determination claimed by Armenia as the unlawful use of force against the Azerbaijani sovereignty and territorial integrity by the UN Security Council and General Assembly and also other authoritative international organizations has been separately underlined. Ultimately, for the acquisition of lasting peace and stability Armenia has been summoned to cease the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, ethnic hostility and territorial claims towards the neighbouring states, and also to build civilized relationships with countries of the whole region.