Armenİa’s plan to hold event on Karabakh’s “İndependence annİversary” faİls
APA. Armenia’s plan to hold, along with the France-based Center of Political and Foreign Affairs, a provocative event under the pretext of ‘the 25th anniversary of independence’ of the so-called regime established in the occupied Azerbaijani territories has been cancelled, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev told APA on Wednesday.
“The event, which was to be joined by former statesmen, MPs, and public figures, would later be led on a visit to occupied Azerbaijani territories,” Hajiyev said. "The Center’s Director Fabien Baussart said in a statement that the event had to be cancelled.”
The spokesman noted that Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry issued statements on 25 and 31 August and took preventive measures to prevent this provocative event planned to be held secretly to mark “the 25th anniversary of independence of” the so-called regime in the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
Diplomatic missions of Azerbaijan abroad, especially the embassies in France and the UK, made explanatory and informative efforts with the organizers and invitees, warning that such a biased and tendentious event would harm the negotiations aiming to settle the Armenia-AzerbaijanNagorno-Karabakh conflict, he added.
“It was quite positive of many of the invitees waiving their participation in the event, in view of the shaky situation in the region,” Hajiyev said, stressing that instead of busying itself with provocative efforts like this, Yerevan had better take some constructive steps in keeping with the essence of the presidents’ Vienna and Saint Petersburg meetings towards resolving theNagorno-Karabakh conflict, which would help build peace in the region.
All necessary actions will continue to be taken to prevent Armenia from attempting such provocative acts, the spokesman vowed.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includesNagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam,Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.