Karabakh Foreign Ministry Criticizes Azerbaijan

STEPANAKERT (Noyan Tapan)–Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Oct. 9–which attacks the Memorandum on Mutual Cooperation signed between the Parliamen’s of Karabakh and Armenia on September 3. The statement also attacks the bill concerning renaming the Republic’s administrative regions with historical Armenian names. This bill was written by Karabakh’s Cabinet and submitted to Parliament.

Karabakh’s Minister of Foreign Affairs considers such claims as rough interference in the internal affairs of the Karabakh Republic. Even during Soviet times issues such as these were entirely within the jurisdiction of Karabakh authorities. Currently–the primary task of the Government is to liquidate the subversive consequences of the Azeri armed aggression against Karabakh–which have not been overcome until now.

The determination of forms and methods of cooperation with the official and non-official structures of any country is the prerogative of the executive power–which effectively discharges control within its own territory.

Karabakh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants to draw the attention of the international community to the fact that officials in Baku have repeatedly gone against their declared readiness to establish peace and stability in the region. Azerbaijan’s continued attempt to hamper the social-economic development of Karabakh should be regarded as openly hostile. What "positive conditions for conflict resolution" is Azerbaijan considering–while it is the very one that–for a long period of time–has been frustrating the negotiation process–rejecting any peace initiatives and proposals concerning economic cooperation–thus hampering the attempt to build confidence between the parties to the conflict? Unfortunately–we have to state that criticism of the mediator-states and international organizations not furnished with proofs has recently become a usual practice for the Azeri leaders. For example–what goal do officials in Baku pursue by deliberately hampering the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross and other mediators that are assisting the sides in solving the humanitarian problems of the Karabakh conflict–in particular–searching for missing soldiers and getting prisoners of war released? It is absolutely obvious that a regular "activation" of Azeri officials at different levels is conditioned by the pre-election conjuncture–and the peace process is sacrificed to it. This is the circumstance that undermines trust to Azerbaijan as to a partner in negotiations–and does not promote the normalization of the situation in the region.

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