Expert: Armenia Should Fulfill UN Security Council’s Resolutions
Armenia should fulfill the UN Security Council’s resolutions calling for withdrawing the Armenian troops from the Azerbaijani territories rather than carry out "referendum" in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region, Levente Kozma, the former Hungarian senior foreign policy advisor, told Trend Feb. 16.
Earlier, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the illegal “referendum on constitutional changes” planned to be held in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is a clear violation of the country’s constitution, as well as the norms and principles of international law and, therefore, has no legal effect.
Kozma encourages and endorses regular meetings of the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents and high level politicians under the aegis of OSCE Minsk Group to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“The settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of international law is of utmost importance for the sake of the region's stability and prosperity,” he added.
The expert suggested Azerbaijan and Armenia to follow the European norms in the conflict settlement, namely, observance of territorial integrity, human rights, rights of minorities and democratic election.
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.
By Anakhanum Hidayatova – Trend.Az
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