Armenian President says meeting with Azeri leader possible in fall

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

Holding an illegal presidential election in the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia is another Armenia's provocation, Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev said.

The diplomat recalled that the so-called "parliamentary elections" on May 3, 2015 and "the referendum on constitutional changes" on February 20, 2017 of the illegal regime established in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan by Armenia was rejected and not recognized by the global community.

The spokesman stressed that the holding of fabricated "presidential election" by illegal "parliament" is nothing other than self-deception.

"It is very well known that "head" of puppet criminal regime, as well as members of so-called "parliament" are appointed by the political-military authorities of Armenia and they fulfill the functions of marionette".

Holding illegal and falsified "presidential elections" is a violation of the Constitution and laws of Azerbaijan, norms and principles of worldwide law, said the spokesperson. As a continuation of Armenia's military provocations to escalate the situation along the line of contact, it serves to undermine the efforts of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs for resolution of the conflict through substantive negotiations.

All this proves once again that Armenia is not interested in a political solution to the conflict and is trying with all its might to maintain the status quo based on the occupation, he noted.

"Instead of wasting time and misleading its own people and the worldwide community, Armenia must cease its policy of occupation and engage constructively in the conflict settlement process and comply with its global obligations", Hajiyev added.

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 UN Security Council adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal, but they have not been enforced to this day.

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