Azerbaijan Warns France, Russia, US over UN vote: Report

Azerbaijan warned it would review relations with France, Russia and the United States on Saturday after they voted against a UN resolution calling on Armenia to pull out of Azerbaijani territory, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

   "Azerbaijan will re-examine and change its relations with" France, Russia and the United States, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov was quoted by Interfax as saying in Baku.

   The UN General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution demanding the "immediate, complete and unconditional" withdrawal of all Armenian forces from Azerbaijan's territory in a vote in which more than 100 countries abstained.

   France, Russia and the United States are co-chairs of the Minsk Group, which was created in 1992 by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to resolve a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorny Karabakh.

   The three countries voted against the resolution, arguing that as mediators they had to remain neutral. Four other countries also voted against the resolution, which was adopted by 39 countries voting in favour.

   Armenian forces seized control of Nagorny Karabakh and seven surrounding regions from Azerbaijan in the early 1990s, in a war that claimed an estimated 30,000 lives and forced about a million people to flee their homes.

   Despite his criticism, Azimov said Azerbaijan was "pleased" with the UN resolution as a whole.

   "It must be clear to everyone that Azerbaijan can only accept a conflict resolution that is based on the principle of territorial integrity," he said.

Source: AFP

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