Yeni Musavat, Azerbaijan
Aug 23 2012

Azerbaijan concerned over plans to settle Syrian Armenians in breakaway Karabakh

Baku is concerned about Armenia's plans to settle Syrian Armenians in
Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagornyy Karabakh, the spokesman of
the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Elman Abdullayev, has said.

Azerbaijan has reported to the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group,
which mediates the Nagornyy Karabakh conflict, about the reports in
the Armenian media concerning this plan, Abdullayev said an interview
with the Yeni Musavat newspaper on 23 August.

The spokesman also recalled the fact-finding mission the OSCE sent in
2005 to investigate reports of settlement in the Armenian-controlled
districts of Azerbaijan. "The mission's report specially noted looting
and destruction of houses of Azerbaijani refugees and displaced
persons and destruction of Azerbaijani national and cultural legacy.
The report also talked about the fact of the illegal settlement of
Armenians in these areas. The co-chairing countries did not fail to
mention this fact," Abdullayev was quoted as saying.

[translated from Azeri]