AZERBAIJANI FM COMMENTS ON ARMENIAN EVENT IN US CONGRESS
Sept 14 2011
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry commented on the evening organized by
the Armenians in the U.S. Congress regarding the 20th anniversary of
“establishment” of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Pro-Armenian members of the U.S. Congress booked a hall for a certain
amount in favor of the nationalist Armenian diasporas, which again
shows the bias of these congressmen, and conducted this event,”
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s official Elman Abdullayev told Trend.
The evening dedicated to the 20th anniversary of “establishment”
of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh was held at the Golden
Hall of the Congress. The event was attended by U.S. congressmen.
Abdullayev said that the official U.S. position is that the country
supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and does not recognize
the separatist regimes.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France, and the U.S. –
are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four
resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding