Baku explained the desire of Nagorno-Karabakh to change the name to attempt to confuse the international community
The official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev said that the attempt to change the name of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) Republic of Artsakh is an effort to deceive the world community. About the impending name change of the NKR earlier on Saturday, declared the Parliament speaker of the Republic Ashot Ghulyan.
“The attempt by the staged process within the framework of constitutional amendments to change the name established in the occupied by Armenia territories of Azerbaijan and illegal regime “Republic of Artsakh” is another example of our policy of evasion from the substance of the issue and the deception of the international community,” – said Hajiyev in an interview with RIA “Novosti”.
According to him, after the meetings of presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Vienna and St. Petersburg, it was expected that Yerevan will make positive steps, but continued to pursue a “policy of harm to the negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict.”
“Armenia tries to avoid substantive negotiations and to deceive the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group, trying to break their recent efforts to change the existing status quo”, – said Hajiyev.
In 1988, the predominantly Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous oblast declared its withdrawal from Azerbaijan SSR. After the hostilities of 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control over Karabakh and seven surrounding districts.
In the result of Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence. Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, Armenia takes the side of the unrecognized Republic.
In the spring of this year, the situation on the contact line between the conflicting parties in Nagorno-Karabakh has deteriorated. There began fierce fighting, the parties to the conflict have accused each other of violating the truce years.