"Quite chaotic and lacking in logic reaction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia to the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan on August 6, this year attracted our attention. In our statement, a principled position was expressed towards the provocative rhetoric of the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, which he had delivered a day earlier during an unauthorized by legal authorities visit to the city of Khankendi in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan, occupied by the armed forces of Armenia," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan told APA.
"We believe that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, which carried out military aggression against Azerbaijan, occupied the Nagorno-Karabakh region of our country and the adjacent areas with the illegal use of force, committed total ethnic cleansing of the Azerbaijani population in these territories and the act of genocide in Khojaly, is the last among the ones that might even pretend to try to accuse Azerbaijan of failure to adhere to rules of civility and decency, as well as intolerance.
In addition, the Armenian Foreign Ministry is trying to assure that the Azerbaijani authorities were unable to understand the context and content of N. Pashinyan’s speech in Khankendi, dedicated to “unity, solidarity, development and prosperity” for Armenia, Karabakh and the Diaspora. Now, by a similar clumsy explanation of its “noble intentions” the Armenian Foreign Ministry already, following the Prime Minister of this country, has actually directly confessed the conduct by the official Yerevan of annexationist policy towards the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The demonstration by the Armenian side of such an inadequate approach that undermines the very logic of the negotiation process for a peaceful settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, causes regional tension, the responsibility for which lies entirely on Armenia. This is what was said in the extremely clear statement of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry of August 6, which, apparently, the Armenian Foreign Ministry failed to understand," reads the Ministry's statement.
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 includes Nagorno-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 OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 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.