BAKU: Appeal of Milli Majlis to int’l parliamentary organizations

Azer News, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
June 23 2004

[June 23, 2004, 12:11:16]

In connection with plans of carrying out in August of this year in
the mountainous Karabakh area occupied by the Armed Forces of Armenia
of the Karabakh region of the Azerbaijan Republic of “elections” to
municipalities of the so-called `Nagorny Karabakh Republic ‘, the
Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic considers necessary to state
the following.

Carrying out of “elections” to this or other authorities of the
puppet regime created with the help of foreign interventionists in
the mountainous part of Karabakh, being an integral component of the
Azerbaijan Republic, and not recognized by any world state,
contradicts the standard principles and norms of international law,
the Constitution, laws of the Azerbaijan Republic, does not possess
any validity and cannot have any legal consequences. This political
provocative act roughly breaking usual civil rights of 50 thousand of
Azerbaijanis, ousted from mountainous parts of Karabakh, testifies to
intention of the Armenian separatists to prevent the efforts directed
on peace settlement of the Nagorny Karabakh problem and establishment
of stability in region.

Plans of carrying out of the mentioned so-called “elections” are one
more unsuccessful attempt to fix occupation of 20 percent of the
Azerbaijani lands, that is Nagorny Karabakh and adjoining to it 7
districts, as a result of aggression of the Republic of Armenia and
ousting from these arrears about 1 million Azerbaijanis.

As is known, in December 1999, in territory of the Azerbaijan
Republic in democratic conditions municipal elections have been
carried out, for the first time in history of our independent state
institutions of local government have been generated. At that time,
the Armenian separatists in mountainous parts of Karabakh have not
taken part in the elections. In December of this year, in our country
new municipal elections will be carried out. The Armenian separatists
and this time are playing their game in “elections”, showing
unwillingness to return to legal space of Azerbaijan. In the whole,
lawful authorities, including elected representation bodies, in the
mountainous parts of Karabakh can be created only after elimination
of consequences of aggression of the Republic Armenia against
Azerbaijan, restoration of the sovereignty of the Azerbaijan Republic
on all of its territory, returning of the Azerbaijan refugees and
IDPs to the homelands.

Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic, expressing sovereign will of
the Azerbaijani people, once again states that the Azerbaijan
Republic will never be agreed with the predatory capture and
annexation of a part of its territory and, using all available
opportunities, will achieve restoration of the territorial integrity.
The world community should know that the political tricks connected
to carrying out in the mountainous part of the Karabakh region of
Azerbaijan of illegal “elections” to institutions of local
government, renders negative influence on the course of peace talks
carried out with a view of peace settlement of the
Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic, demanding realization of the
United Nations Security Council adopted in 1993 of the Resolutions
number 822, 853, 874 both 884 on urgent and unconditional liberation
of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, calls to settle the
Nagorny Karabakh problem on the basis of decisions and final
documents of Budapest, Lisbon and the Istanbul summits of OSCE.

Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic, once again confirming
adherence of the Azerbaijan Republic to peace settlement of the
Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict, calls on the Armenian
side to hold a constructive position in peace process, to refuse the
acts preventing negotiations, conducted in the framework of the OSCE
Minsk Group.

The international community should not remain indifferent to
infringement of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the
Azerbaijan Republic. Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan Republic calls on
the United Nations Organization, Inter-parliamentary Union,
Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council
of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly of BSEC, Parliamentary Assembly of
the Commonwealth of Independent States, Islamic Conference
Organization, the European Parliament and North Atlantic
Parliamentary Assembly, other international organizations,
parliaments and the governments of the countries of the world to
express the resolute position in connection with plans of carrying
out by a puppet regime of illegal “elections” in mountainous part of
the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and to support the fair cause of

(The Appeal was adopted at session of Milli Majlis of the Azerbaijan
Republic, June 22, 2004)