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So-called elections in occupied Karabakh is illegal – Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry

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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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