FM: Position of U.S for issue of Ramil Safarov is not clear for Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 3 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov held telephone talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev reported.
"Mammadyarov said that the position U.S. is not clear for Azerbaijan and exactly Azerbaijani people was subjected to ethnic cleaning" - Abdullayev said.
According to him, Mamedyarov informed that the issue of Azerbaijani serviceman Ramil Safarov is the result of Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani lands.
Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov, who was convicted in Hungary, returned on Friday to Azerbaijan. The same day, under an order of the head of state, he was pardoned.
Earlier on Saturday U.S. President Barack Obama expressed "deep concern" about the fact of pardon of Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 the U.S. - are currently holding 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.