SO-CALLED ELECTIONS IN OCCUPIED KARABAKH IS ILLEGAL - AZERBAIJANI FOREIGN MINISTRY

The Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency
Feb 27 2015

27.02.2015 [14:19]

Baku, February 27, AZERTAC

According to the reports circulated by the mass media outlets of the
Republic of Armenia, the so-called "elections" to the "parliament"
of the puppet separatist regime are planned to be held in the
Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 3 May 2015.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan
issued a statement in this regard. The so-called "elections" to the
"parliament" of the puppet separatist regime planned to be held in
the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan on May 3,
2015 is illegal, spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry Hikmet
Hajiyev said.

"The holding of "elections" is a clear violation of the Constitution
of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the norms and principles of
international law, and, therefore, shall have no legal effect
whatsoever," he said. "This "elections" are aimed at undermining the
negotiation process on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement."

"In 1993, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolutions
822 (1993), 853 (1993), 874 (1993) and 884 (1993), condemning the
occupation of the territories of Azerbaijan and reaffirming respect
for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of
Azerbaijan and the inviolability of its internationally recognized
borders," the Azerbaijani foreign ministry's statement says.

"In those resolutions, the Security Council also confirmed that the
Nagorno-Karabakh region is part of Azerbaijan, and demanded immediate,
complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces from
all the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Other international
organizations have adopted a similar position.

"The Republic of Azerbaijan once again calls on the Armenian
side, instead of wasting time and misleading its own people and
the international community, to cease its policy of annexation
and ethnic cleansing and to engage constructively in the conflict
settlement process and comply with its international obligations,
the statement says.

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