Azerbaijan sends protest note to US (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 17:16)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15
Azerbaijan sent a protest note to the US in connection with a meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group's US Co-chair James Warlick with the "foreign minister" of the separatist regime created by Armenia in Azerbaijan's occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The protest note was handed over to the US Ambassador in Baku Robert Cekuta by Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev, said the press office of the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan.
"Participation of the OSCE Minsk Group's US co-chair in the activities aimed against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, is completely contrary to the mandate of the co-chairing institution of the Minsk Group, and casts a shadow on its neutrality and impartiality," read the protest note.
"Such a step is also contrary to the official policy of the US on the non-recognition of legitimacy of the situation created through the use of force against Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, accompanied with ethnic cleansing, flagrant violation of international norms and principles," the document said.
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