MAMMADYAROV MUST HAVE “FORGOTTEN” WHICH REPUBLIC PRESENT-DAY AZERBAIJAN WAS A LEGAL SUCCESSOR TO
October 22, 2010 – 16:37 AMT 11:37 GMT
Armenia’s recognizing Nagorno Karabakh independence will be a major
mistake from international law viewpoint, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister
Elmar Mammadyarov said.
During the 1st Annual Symposium of International Relations Specialists
in Baku, he stated that “international law refers to a certain border
when recognition of independence is on agenda.”
“The UN recognized Azerbaijan’s independence within the borders of
former Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, with Nagorno Karabakh as
a part of Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. Within the borders
recognized by the international community, Azerbaijan joined UN,
OSCE, CoE and other organizations. Armenians’ statements that Nagorno
Karabakh has never been a part of Azerbaijan are untrue,” 1news.az
cited him as saying.
Mammadyarov must have forgotten that after the collapse of the Soviet
Union, Azerbaijan announced itself as a legal successor to Azerbaijan
Democratic Republic, but not to Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.
Specifically, Article 2 of Constitutional Act of Azerbaijan Republic
on independent statehood of Azerbaijan Republic says, “Azerbaijan
Republic is a legal successor of the Azerbaijan Republic dating back
From: A. Papazian