The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Leyla Abdullayeva has commented on the statement “Garabagh issue has been resolved” by Armenian Defence Minister regarding the resolution of the conflict, ONA reports.
L. Abdullayeva stated that such a statement by the Defence Minister of the occupying country can only be a product of sick imagination while the efforts have been underway for many years to resolve Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Garabagh conflict with the participation of international mediators.
“You know, what else can you expect from the Minister of Defense of a country that heroizes fascism, occupies territories of Azerbaijan and conducts bloody ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Azerbaijani population living in these lands, and commits atrocities like the Khojaly genocide?! But I would like to emphasize one point that the fascist executioner Garegin Nzhdeh, who was elevated to the rank of a hero in Armenia, once upon e time thought that the issue had been resolved, but his consequences is clear to all. Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict will be resolved only after the full implementation of the principles of international law and restoration of justice, as well as after the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders, as required by the international community,” L. Abdullayeva said.
Recall that the Nagorno Garabagh 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 Garabagh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno Garabagh 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 Garabagh 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 Garabagh.