Iran: “Referendum” in Karabakh wrong, unacceptable
Tehran, Iran, Feb. 20
By Mehid Sepahvand, Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that “referendum” in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region, occupied by Armenia, is wrong and unacceptable.
He made the remarks during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 20 while commenting on the “referendum” to be held Feb. 20 in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region, occupied by Armenia, to amend the illegal regime’s “constitution,” Trend's correspondent reported from the event.
Qasemi said that the “referendum” by the “self- proclaimed regime” will not help settle the conflict, risis, adding that only dialogue can resolve it.
Earlier, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said the illegal “referendum” constitutes a clear violation of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the norms and principles of international law, and, therefore, has no legal effect whatsoever.
The ministry reiterated that the illegal regime established by Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is ultimately nothing other than the product of aggression and occupation.
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.