Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 23 / Trend M. Aliyev /
Armenian former Foreign Minister, Chairman of the Heritage party Raffi Hovhannisyan has today tried to prevent the seventh session of the General Assembly of the International Forum of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), held in Baku.
When the declaration was read out at the forum, Hovhannisyan suddenly came up to the podium and expressed his desire to speak without permission. The individuals, presiding at the meeting, urged him to maintain discipline, but Hovhannisyan began to shout and voice irrelevant accusations.
An Azerbaijani delegation and representatives of most other countries, participating in the event, expressed their protest against Hovhannisyan's violating the order.
The declaration supports Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and the UN Security Council's resolution on the Azerbaijani occupied territories.
In his speech Hovhannisyan has also made separatist statements. The representatives of the Azerbaijani ruling and opposition parties expressed protest.
Roughly 200 representatives from 35 countries participated in the seventh General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) which started in Baku on Thursday.
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 Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.