"Our attention was attracted by the rather chaotic and lacking logic reaction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia to the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated August 6 this year, in which a fundamental assessment was expressed of the provocative statements of the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan that he had made the previous day unauthorized by legal authorities visits to the city of Khankendi, occupied by the armed forces of Armenia, of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan told ONA.
"We consider that Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, the country that occupied Nagorno Karabakh and surrounding areas of our country by illegally applying force and carrying out armed aggression against Azerbaijan, realized complete ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijani population in that areas, committed genocidal act in the city of Khojali, is the last among the subjects that can accuse Azerbaijan in not following civil norms and morals, as well as in intolerance.
Moreover, the Armenian Foreign Ministry is trying to assure that the Azerbaijani authorities were unable to understand the context and content of N. Pashinyan’s speech in Khankendi, dedicated to “unity, solidarity, development and prosperity” for Armenia, Karabakh, and the diaspora. A similar clumsy explanation of its “noble intentions” already the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, following the Prime Minister of this country, is actually directly recognized in the conduct of official annexationist policies by Yerevan towards the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Demonstration by the Armenian side of such an inadequate approach, undermining the very logic of the negotiation process for a peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, is the cause of regional tension, the responsibility for which lies entirely with Armenia. This is what was said in the extremely clear statement of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry on August 6, which, apparently, the Armenian Foreign Ministry was unable to understand," reads the Ministry's statement.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.