MP: RESETTLEMENT OF SYRIAN ARMENIANS TO NAGORNO-KARABAKH IS GREAT ARMENIAN PROVOCATION

Trend
Aug 6 2012
Azerbaijan

Resettlement of Syrian Armenians to Nagorno-Karabakh is a great
provocative plan of Armenia, Azerbaijani deputy chairman of the
parliamentary committee on security and defense Aydin Mirzazade told
Trend on Monday.

Today, Armenia has promised to accommodate in the occupied
Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians living in different parts of the world,
however, it hasn't managed to do it yet, the MP said.

"It means an open acknowledgment that Armenia occupied Azerbaijani
territories. They used to say that allegedly the community has created
an independent state in Nagorno-Karabakh, now they admit that it is
an activity of Armenia and resettlement of the Syrian Armenians there
is an official policy of this state," Mirzazade said.

According to him, a violation by Armenia of the territorial integrity
of Azerbaijan, provocation of artificial changes in ethnic composition
of the occupied areas are unsuccessful attempts to find a way out of
a difficult situation in which it is now.

"I think that they will not succeed, because the OSCE Mission,
investigating the facts as a result of surveys conducted in the
occupied territories, noted the fact of the illegal resettlement
of population, and announced that it is contrary to international
conventions. On the other hand, it's stressed that today these people
do not has the documents and are dependent on the local military
regime," the MP said.

In addition, Armenians residing in Syria have always used the power
as much as possible, Mirzazade said.

"They have always had good opportunities, the government has always
paid special attention to them. Today in the civil war they do not
support either side, and in bad days for the state tend to leave the
country, while, in principle, they should have been protecting the
Assad regime," he added.

Armenia tries hard to place Syrian Armenians in Armenia and
Nagorno-Karabakh, he said.

"But the Syrian Armenians themselves look at Armenia as a temporary
place of residence," Mirzazade said.

This plan of the Armenians, as well as their previous plans, are
not implemented either, and Armenia has one way out - to withdraw
its troops from occupied territories and recognize the territorial
integrity of Azerbaijan, the MP said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of

Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and
seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia 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 the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions.