Azerbaijani ambassador to Spain Altay Efendiyev has met Parliament Speaker of the Basque Country Bakartxo Tejeria Otermin, SIA reports.
The Ambassador expressed concern over the reception of Karen Mirzoyan presenting him as a “foreign minister” of the so-called “Nagorno Karabakh Republic” and preparation of the motion about the right to self-determination of Nagorno Karabakh adopted on the same day by the Basque Country Parliament in early September. Efendiyev said it was an unsuccessful attempt of the Armenian side to mislead the parliamentarians of the Basque Country. He reminded that such steps could damage the relations of both Spain and the Basque Country with Azerbaijan.
The Ambassador provided full information on the history and current state of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno Karabakh conflict, clarified the real situation.
He said: “Armenia has occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s. Long-standing efforts by U.S, Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.”
“As a result of the military aggression of Armenia, over 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed, 4,866 are reported missing and almost 100,000 were injured, and 50,000 were disabled.
The UN Security Council passed four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal from the Azerbaijani territory, but they have not been enforced to this day”.
The Parliament Speaker of the Basque Country Bakartxo Tejeria Otermin said the motion was only considered at the commission level and she herself was not fully aware of the document, which, according to her, has no any legal ground. At her words, this was only the initiative of two party groups and would not be considered at general discussions.
Ambassador Efendiyev expressed wish to meet with the commission members, hold open discussions and answer their questions if needed. The Parliament Speaker said she would promote such a meeting.