Ar­me­nia’s new lead­er­ship shows re­luc­tance to set­tle Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

He made the re­marks at the Non-Aligned Move­ment Min­is­te­rial Meet­ing on “Up­hold­ing the UN Char­ter and the pur­poses and prin­ci­ples of the NAM: to­wards a cul­ture of peace,” held in New York.

“The es­tab­lished prin­ci­ple of the in­ad­mis­si­bil­ity of the use of force for ac­qui­si­tion of ter­ri­tory and the en­su­ing obli­ga­tion of non-recog­ni­tion of sit­u­a­tions re­sult­ing from se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of in­ter­na­tional law must be ap­plied and en­forced uni­ver­sally and un­con­di­tion­ally,” Mam­mad­yarov said.

He stressed that Azer­bai­jan’s po­si­tion with re­gard to this is­sue is well known, and Ar­me­nia-led armed ag­gres­sion, eth­nic cleans­ing and mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion, along with other fac­tors, are the sources of this po­si­tion.

Mam­mad­yarov fur­ther noted with re­gret that he had no good news in con­nec­tion with the set­tle­ment of the con­flict be­tween Ar­me­nia and Azer­bai­jan.

“The new lead­er­ship of Ar­me­nia demon­strates re­luc­tance in the set­tle­ment of the con­flict by mak­ing con­tra­dic­tory and ir­re­spon­si­ble state­ments. Such provoca­tive ap­proach will def­i­nitely not serve for the pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments in the ne­go­ti­a­tion process and will only worsen the al­ready frag­ile sit­u­a­tion on the ground,” the Azer­bai­jani FM noted.

He called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to send a strong mes­sage to Ar­me­nia to act in ac­cor­dance with the norms of in­ter­na­tional law and im­ple­ment the rel­e­vant UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions adopted in con­nec­tion with the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan con­flict.

Ar­me­nia broke out a lengthy war against Azer­bai­jan by lay­ing ter­ri­to­rial claims on the coun­try. Since a war in the early 1990s, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan’s ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties.

To this day, Ar­me­nia has not im­ple­mented four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from the NagornoKarabakh and sur­round­ing re­gions.

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