Azerbaijan prepares report on illegal activities on its occupied territories (UPDATE)

Details added (first version posted on 11:17)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2

By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan has prepared a report 'Illegal economic and other activities on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.'

The report, which has been submitted March 2, reflects illegal economic activity, relocation to Azerbaijan's territories occupied by Armenia, illegal exploitation of natural resources of the country's Nagorno-Karabakh region, etc., Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hikmet Hajiyev said.

The document consisting of seven parts reflects data collected from open Armenian resources, he said.

"There are facts that illegal economic and other activities are carried out on the occupied Azerbaijani territories, and Armenia is responsible for organizing them," said Hajiyev.

Armenia plays the role of a transit point in export of goods illegally produced on these territories to international markets, the foreign ministry spokesman said.

He said that many facts of building infrastructure facilities on Azerbaijan's occupied territories are known, in addition, wine, vodka and other products are manufactured there, illegal activities in the field of ICT, banking and so on is carried out.

"The report will be submitted to all international organizations," he said.

"A separate chapter of the report is devoted to the facts of relocation to Azerbaijan's occupied territories," Hajiyev said. "There are indisputable facts of illegal resettlement of nearly 20,000 Syrian immigrants to the occupied territories."

He said that a mission to investigate facts of illegal activity on the country's occupied territories was established in the OSCE at the initiative of Azerbaijan in 2005.

Following the investigation, the mission came to the conclusion that such illegal activity on the occupied territories hinders peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, 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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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