FM Mammadyarov: Armenian troopsâ€™ presence in Azerbaijani territories remains major cause of non-settlement of Karabakh conflict
- 09 February 2018
It is already third decade that Armenia, a member of the Eastern Partnership (EaP), has been using force against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of another EaP member and continues to keep the one-fifth of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territories under the military occupation, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
Mammadyarov made the remarks addressing the 15th meeting of the Azerbaijan-EU Cooperation Council in Brussels on Feb. 9, APA reports.
He stressed that the unlawful presence of Armenian armed forces in the territories of Azerbaijan remains the major cause of non-settlement of the conflict and undermines the regional peace and security.
“As the most interested party in changing the status-quo and the soonest negotiated settlement of the conflict, Azerbaijan supports the position of the international community reflected in numerous decisions and related documents of the international organizations, including UN SC resolutions, to start implementing without delay the plan of withdrawal of the armed forces of Armenia from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan,” the foreign minister said.
The top diplomat went on to say that visits of agents of illegal puppet regime installed in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan to EU countries is of great concern.
“The visit of agents of puppet regime takes place in flagrant abuse of EU-Armenia Visa Facilitation Agreement and Shengen visa regime. Illegal economic or other activities of legal and physical persons of EU countries in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan are yet another matter of serious concern,” Mammadyarov added.