The views voiced by US congressmen under the influence of Armenian National Committee of America don’t reflect objective facts and realities.
Hikmat Haciyev, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman made the remark while commenting on the statements by US congressmen Ed Royse and Eliot Engel regarding Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and “confidence building” measures, dailykarbakh reports.
“These ideas serve political speculation regarding “confidence building” measures of Armenia,” he said. “The US congressmen don’t pay attention to the deep reasons of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, facts of occupation and aggression.”
He further noted that Armenian National Committee of America also distorted opinions of the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs.
Haciyev reminded that Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov once again clarified the confidence building measures and real and possible solution to the conflict during his speech at the 70th session of UN General Assembly.
“The minister said the main reasons for absence of confidence are Armenia’s open territorial claims against neighboring countries based on historical distortions, Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan, occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories and ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijani people, Armenia’s preventing the direct contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region and avoiding information exchange and cooperation with regards to missing people”.
As the minister noted, to ensure confidence building measures, firstly Armenian armed forces must remove from Azerbaijan’s occupied territories, Haciyev said.
Haciyev stressed that if the US congressmen are really interested in solution of the conflict, preventing human death and restoring long-term peace in the region, the Foreign Ministry advises them to support Azerbaijan’s real suggestions which serve rooted solution of the conflict.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Meanwhile, OSCE is expected to monitor the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on October 9, the Ministry said.
The monitoring will be held under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative on the contact line near the village of Kemerli of Azerbaijan’s Gazakh district, the ministry said
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