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Letter of the NKR Foreign Minister circulated in the UN...


un artsakh nkr karabakh letter airport



2012-11-12 18:01
Excellency,

I am  writing  to communicate  the  position  of my  Government  regarding  the issue  of  the  rehabilitation   of  the  Stepanakert   airport   and  in  response   to  the groundless allegations of the representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations contained in a document circulated on 11 October 2012 (A/67/507-S/2012/754).

I feel compelled to provide certain clarifications  with regard to the fraudulent campaign   of  Azerbaijan   aimed  at  misleading   the  international   community   and justifying  its  policy  of  using  force  or  the  threat  of  force  against  the  people  of Nagorno Karabakh.

Since  the  declaration  of  its  independence,  following  the  free  expression  of popular will, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic has been building its statehood based on democratic values, the rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The independence   of the Nagorno Karabakh  Republic  withstood  the military aggression of Azerbaijan and, since the ceasefire agreement of 1994, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic has been fully and effectively controlling its territory, including the airspace.

The  rehabilitation  of  the  Stepanakert  airport  is  the  sovereign  right  of  the Nagorno  Karabakh  Republic  and  pursues  solely  civilian  and  humanitarian objectives, including the realization of such a basic human right as the freedom of movement.

The freedom of movement of the civilian population of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic,  alongside  other  human  rights  outlined  in  the  Universal  Declaration  of Human  Rights  and other core international  instruments,  have already  been continuously and vehemently undermined by the ongoing Azerbaijani blockade.

The position of Azerbaijan, which openly declares its aim to fully blockade the Nagorno  Karabakh  Republic  and  the  Republic  of  Armenia,  runs  counter  to  the Security   Council   resolutions   referred   to   in   the   communication   of   the  Azeri delegation. The stance of Azerbaijan is a clear manifestation of its outright disregard for human rights and fundamental freedoms as a continuation of its policy of the collective punishment of the civilian population.

The  bellicose  rhetoric  and  threats  to  shoot  down  civil  aircraft  in  particular, voiced by the high-ranking Azeri officials, are in material breach of its international obligations and contradict the provisions of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Such threats, along with the statements on the highest level declaring all the Armenians of the world as enemy number one of Azerbaijan, are a vivid example of the long-established anti-Armenian hysteria and xenophobia of its state policy. The pardon and nationwide glorification of Ramil Safarov, Azerbaijani officer, who was convicted of and sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary for perpetrating a brutal hate crime, a manslaughter, is the most shocking recent manifestation of that policy.

In this context, my Government  considers the steps taken by the Government of  the  Republic   of  Azerbaijan,   in  particular   declarations   on  undertaking   “all necessary  measures”  in order to prevent the functioning  of the Stepanakert  airport along  with  previous   threats  to  shoot  down  civil  planes,   as  irresponsible   and politically charged actions.

The stance of Azerbaijan clearly violates the basic principles of international civil aviation. Moreover, it runs counter to the commitments  undertaken voluntarily by Azerbaijan  in the framework  of the negotiation  process  mediated  by the States serving as Co-Chairs of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation  in  Europe,  namely  France,  the  Russian  Federation  and  the  United States of America. On 13 July 2012, the Co-Chairs stated that, regarding reports of the planned opening of an airport in Nagorno-Karabakh, they had received renewed assurances from the sides that they would reject any threat or use of force against civil   aircraft,   pursue   the   matter   through   diplomatic   steps   and   refrain   from politicizing the issue.

The authorities of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic are committed to operating the  Stepanakert  airport  in  full  compliance  with  the  aims  and  objectives  of  the Convention on International Civil Aviation, including but not limited to meeting the needs  of  the  peoples  of  the  world  for  safe,  regular,  efficient  and  economical  air transport;   insuring   the  safe  and  orderly  growth  of  international   civil  aviation throughout the world; encouraging the development of airways, airports, and air navigation facilities for international civil aviation; promoting safety of flight in international air navigation; and promoting generally the development of all aspects of international civil aeronautics.

I therefore count on your assistance, Mr.  Secretary-General,  and  that  of the United  Nations  and  its  specialized  agencies,  as  well  as  all  peace-loving  Member States,  in the  rehabilitation  of the  Stepanakert  airport  in order  to ensure  that  the people  of the Nagorno  Karabakh  Republic  are able to exercise  their  basic  human rights and fundamental freedoms.

I strongly   believe   that the rehabilitation   of the Stepanakert   airport   will contribute to the realization of the aims and objectives of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. It may also serve as a confidence-building measure contributing towards progress in the negotiation process under the auspices of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.



Karen MIRZOYAN

Stepanakert, October 26, 2012

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