Baku, Azerbaijan, May 3
Deputy head of the administration of the president of Azerbaijan, head of the administration's foreign relations department, Novruz Mammadov responded May 3 to AZERTAC's question regarding a proposal by two Armenian MPs that the Armenian government should recognize "independence" of Nagorno-Karabakh.
"This is yet another provocation of the Armenian leadership," Mammadov said. "It seems to be a continuation of the provocation which was committed in early April. They knew that they would receive a response. And their main goal was to use this as a pretext to spoil the negotiation process and perpetuate the status-quo."
"The Armenian side has once again proved that international law, UN Security Council resolutions and the negotiation process are of no value to them," he said. "I think that the [OSCE Minsk Group] co-chairs should certainly express their opinion on this issue."
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.