Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.20
By Seba Agayeva - Trend:
The radio program prepared by the Voice of America radio about the so-called regime on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, pushes to promote separatism, occupation and aggression, the acting head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev said Oct.20 regarding the radio program.
The prepared program, which doesn't take into account and doesn't reflect the position of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as refugees and internally displaced persons who were expelled from their native lands as a result of the Armenian aggression, is unfair and biased, Hajiyev said.
Voice of America radio, which always adheres to the principles of "objectivity" and "impartiality", should objectively cover the current situation of refugees and internally displaced persons, according to the foreign ministry representative.
This step by Voice of America also reflects a lack of respect for the rights and feelings of refugees and internally displaced persons, he 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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.