Elmar Mammadyarov: “Aggressive separatism, national and ethnic conflicts impede regional cooperation”

Elmar Mammadyarov: “Aggressive separatism, national and ethnic conflicts impede regional cooperation”
# 15 August 2013 09:16 (UTC +04:00)

Aggressive separatism, national and ethnic conflicts, steps aiming to forcedly change the territorial integrity and the internationally-recognized borders of our states should be regarded as serious threats,” Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said addressing Gabala meeting of Foreign Ministers Council of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic-Speaking States, APA reports.

According to the Minister, Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict caused by Armenia’s military aggression lasting for more than 20 years and groundless territorial claims prove this.

“As a result of ethnic cleansing policy pursued by Armenia, 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory is under occupation, one in every nine is a refugee, or IDP. We want Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict to be solved basing on the norms and principles of the international law, especially four resolutions of the UN Security Council demanding immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories. I would like to express my gratitude to the member states supporting Azerbaijan’s efforts towards fair solution of the conflict within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” he said.

Nagorno Garabagh

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