AZERBAIJAN ONCE AGAIN DISTORTS FACTS

Saturday,
August
31

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
has issued a statement that reads: "Azerbaijan, whose attempts to
abort the negotiation process for the peaceful settlement of the
conflict between Azerbaijan and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR)
are becoming more evident, has resorted to new propaganda tricks.

The July 19, 2013 letter of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of
Azerbaijan to the UN Secretary General (circulated in the UN as
a document A/67/952-S/2013/478 on August 13, 2013) is a vivid
manifestation of such a policy of Azerbaijan.

This time Azerbaijan is trying to utilize for its political goals the
Syrian crisis, which is currently under the focus of the international
community, in particular the fate of the Syrian Armenians that, along
with other Syrian refugees, are forced to find refuge in different
parts of the world.

Overwhelmed by its mania of distorting the essence of the conflict
and misleading the international community, the Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Azerbaijan did not hesitate to use obvious lies and
misinformation. It should be noted in particular that no single
person mentioned in the so-called "resettled people" list conveyed
along with the letter to the UN Secretariat, has ever been, and is
not currently on the territory of the NKR.

Azerbaijan once again distorts and selectively interprets facts
concerning the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs,
claiming that two field assessment missions of the OSCE Minsk Group
Co-Chairs dispatched to Nagorno Karabakh have allegedly recorded
"numerous violations of the norms and principles of international
humanitarian law."

It is well-known that those missions, which were carried out with the
consent and support of the NKR authorities, in their reports refuted
the Azeri allegations about the implementation of resettlement
programs. Meanwhile, it is appropriate to recall that Azerbaijan
refused and still does not allow access for an OSCE Minsk Group
Co-Chairs' field assessment mission to the occupied territories
of Nagorno Karabakh, where in an organized manner large-scale
projects of settlement of Azeris are being implemented in previously
Armenian-populated areas.

It is a matter of special concern that the Minister of Foreign Affairs
of a country with a status of non-permanent member of the UN Security
Council uses direct threats in his letter.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic calls
on the UN Member States to take measures preventing the attempts
of Azerbaijan to use the high tribune of the UN for propaganda
machinations, and support the mediation efforts of the OSCE Minsk
Group Co-Chairs in finding a comprehensive and lasting solution to
the conflict between the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan".

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