Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry debunks Nikol Pashinyan's fantasies
An attempt by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to justify the forced exclusion of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from Azerbaijan SSR by the process of Azerbaijan’s secession from the USSR is evidence of his legal illiteracy or deliberate deceit, according to the appeal of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
The ministry recalled that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh as an autonomous region as part of the Azerbaijan SSR was enshrined in the USSR Constitutions of 1936 and 1977.
"In connection with the unlawful actions by the Armenian nationalists aimed at secession of the NKAO from the Azerbaijan SSR, the Supreme Council of the USSR in its decisions unequivocally recognized the impossibility of changing the existing borders. Thus, the attempts to tear Nagorno-Karabakh away from the Azerbaijan SSR were accompanied by an obvious violation of the USSR Constitution," the document reads.
It was noted that after the collapse of the USSR, Azerbaijan joined the UN, as well as other international organizations, within its administrative borders of the times of the USSR.
"Contrary to the claims of Armenia, the states that signed the Alma-Ata Declaration of December 21, 1991, on the goals and principles of the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Armenia, accepted the obligation to recognize and respect the territorial integrity of each other and the inviolability of existing borders," the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry recalled.