The vice-speaker of the Armenian Parliament, Eduard Sharmazanov, is apparently trying to follow the path of Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan in making absurd statements, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told APA.
He was commenting on the recent statements by Eduard Sharmazanov.
In his every statement Sharmazanov demonstrates his legal and political illiteracy and that he is engaged in populism aimed at only a limited domestic audience, noted Hajiyev.
He recalled that according to the Alma-Ata Declaration (21 December 1991) on the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Armenia and Azerbaijan, like the other former republics of the USRR, committed themselves to “recognize and respect the territorial integrity and inviolability of each other’s borders”.
“Armenia is now trying to deny this commitment. The Armenian propaganda machine, deliberately falsifying history again, distorts the protocol adopted at the meeting of the Caucasian Bureau of the Central Committee of Russia’s Communist Party on July 5, 1921. We would like to remind Sharmazanov and his colleagues that the protocol recognized Nagorno-Karabakh as part of the Azerbaijani SSR and granted a regional autonomy to Nagorno-Karabakh with Shusha being its administrative center,” said the Azerbaijani MFA spokesman.
Armenia’s claims against the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan lack historical, legal, political and moral basis, stressed Hajiyev.
“The separatist regime created in the Armenian-occupied territories of Azerbaijan is simply a result of occupation, aggression and bloody ethnic cleansing. Sharmazanov and others like him should finally understand that the civilized world will never consider legitimate the situation created by the use of force,” said Hajiyev, adding that Azerbaijan will restore its territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders.