Embassy: Slovakia's official position on Nagorno-Karabakh is based on principle of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 5 /Trend, E.Tariverdiyeva/
The Slovak Embassy in Moscow has issued a disclaimer with regards to information published in the Armenian media on Sept. 1 concerning congratulations addressed to Nagorno-Karabakh on the 20th anniversary of "independence" on behalf of the Slovak citizens Jan Charnogursky and Frantisek Miklosko.
The congratulation is a private initiative of former politicians, the embassy said in a statement sent to Trend.
"Their positions named in published media reports - "first prime minister and first chairman of the National Assembly of Slovakia" - are not true. Jan Charnogursky and Frantisek Miklosko are former Slovak MPs and politicians who do not participate in intense political activities in Slovakia and do not hold any positions in the current Slovak government," the report said.
Slovakia's official position on Nagorno-Karabakh remains unchanged and is based on the principle of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in accordance with the international law and relevant UN resolutions, said the embassy in Russia.
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.