By Rashid Shirinov
The statements of Armenia, announced after the Vienna meeting of May 16 on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, are provocative and distort the essence of the conflict.
Hikmet Hajiyev, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, made the statement in an interview for Trend. He was commenting on the statement of Edward Nalbandian, Armenian Foreign Minister, at the session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Sofia.
“The speech of Nalbandian, who represents the corrupt military dictatorship, about the concept of "Democratic security" or "Democratic peace" can only cause laughter and irony,” Hajiyev said.
He noted that the whole international community, and the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group, in particular, urge to cancel the status quo between the two countries in order to find the best solution of the problem. “Unfortunately, the Armenian Minister of foreign Affairs instead of being constructive, tries to create conditions for preservation of the status quo by making such statements again,” the spokesman said. That is a dangerous way which can dramatize the situation. “The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group should take serious measures on this issue,” he added.
Hajiyev noted that the Armenian regime has no moral, political and legal rights to discuss human rights and democracy and it poses a serious threat to the entire region. He mentioned the massacre of Armenians by their authorities and Armenian frontline provocations of early April.
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 surrounding districts.
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