Calİfornİan senators urge supportİng occupatİon of Azerbaİjanİ lands
The resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh passed by the California Senate is declarative in nature and has no legal force, spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry Elman Abdullayev said Aug. 28.
He was commenting on the resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh passed by the California Senate on Thursday.
"This fact calls into question the honesty of the senators who voted for passing this document," he added. "This was possible thanks to the financial support of the Armenian lobby in the U.S."
"By voting for this resolution, Californian senators actually called for supporting the occupation of Azerbaijani lands," he added. "This contradicts the international norms and principles."
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 two countries 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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.