"Pashinian's visit to Azerbaijan's occupied territories is violation of int'l law"

  10 May 2019    Read: 604

"Visit of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the occupied lands of Azerbaijan is a violation of international law", the Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov told Azvision.az.

He said that Pashinian's visit to Azerbaijan's occupied territories is a destructive step in terms of the negotiation process.

"Armenia has violated international norms by invading the Azerbaijani lands. The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs attempt to bring the sides closer and to continue the negotiation process. Taking into consideration these facts, Pashinian's visit to the Armenian-occupied Nagorno-Karabah region is not reasonable", the official said.

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.

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