Baku, Azerbaijan, June 11
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Despite the fact that international organizations demand the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijan's occupied territories, the international community doesn't give a proper reaction to that, a high-ranking Azerbaijani official said.
"The international community, unfortunately, hasn't taken a strong, specific stance on this issue in accordance with international norms and principles," according to Novruz Mammadov, Deputy Head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, Chief of the Foreign Relations Department.
He said this is a clear indicator of injustice in international relations.
Mammadov said that unfortunately today the international relations lack justice, adding that justice is only verbally talked about between the states, international relations, in books and speeches, but in reality there is nothing.
"The most striking indicator of this is the fact that for over 20 years, our territories - the Nagorno Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts are occupied by the Armenian armed forces," he said.
He said despite the violation of the rights of over one million refugees and internally displaced persons, the international community remains silent.
"I am not saying that everything is perfect in Azerbaijan. There may be some issues. When something happens to someone, something happens to a person in the street, various parties make fuss about the violation of the person's rights. If these parties really want to talk about human rights, to show their respect for human rights, let them speak about over one million people, who have been deprived of fundamental rights for over 20 years. Unfortunately, they don't speak about that, and it once again shows the world's attitude towards justice," Novruz Mammadov said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.
Int'l community has no strong position on Armenian troops' withdrawal from Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 11