"The organization of any event in the sovereign territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the participation of international representatives in this event is not a matter within the competence of Armenia," head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Leyla Abdullayev while answering the media's question on the Armenian Foreign Ministry's protest against the participation of the UN representative in the conference in Shusha, Azerbaijan, APA reports.
According to the Armenian Foreign Ministry, the UN representative in Armenia was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in connection with the participation of the UN representative in the conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Azerbaijan-UN partnership in Shusha on March 18 and expressed protest to him.
L. Abdullayeva said that Armenia's interference in the internal affairs of another state is unfounded and unacceptable: “Armenia's territorial claims against Azerbaijan still show that this country has not drawn the right conclusions from the 44-day war. This position of the Armenian Foreign Ministry is nothing but an attempt by Azerbaijan, together with leading members of the international community, to obstruct peacekeeping efforts in the region. We bring to the attention of the Armenian Foreign Ministry that Shusha is the ancient territory of Azerbaijan. This city, the cradle of Azerbaijani culture, along with other territories, was liberated in 2020 and our territorial integrity was restored. The UN has never taken a neutral position on the former Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, but has supported Azerbaijan's territorial integrity in resolutions adopted by the General Assembly and the Security Council. In this regard, it is not clear what "neutral status" the Armenian Foreign Ministry calls for. In conclusion, we would like to reiterate that the sooner Armenia accepts the realities of the post-conflict in the region, the more beneficial it will be for this country.