عنوان مقاله [English]
نویسندگان [English]چکیده [English]
Karabakh is a region in Azerbaijan that was recognized as autonomous due to Armenian majority of residents in 1923(AD). Subsequently, Armenia captured a part of Azerbaijan's territory on the basis of its free interpretation of the right of nations to self-determination. Since then, despite numerous efforts by various states and institutions, the two sdies have not reached an agreement over this issue and by resorting to principles such as territorial integrity and self-determination, they maintain territorial claim. Nevertheless, the question that arises is that is Armenia with a free interpretation of self-determination rightful to blemish on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan? In response, it can be assumed that because of the importance of territorial integrity principle in international law any violation of it is illegitimate while this principle is generally accepted in international law. Thus, the present analytical and descriptive article using documentary and library methods studied nations' self-determination right and territorial integrity principle, explicating the legitimacy or illegitimacy of Armenia's and Azerbaijan's adducing to relevant law regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The conclusion this study made is that according to nations' principle of territorial integrity and the right to self-determination under international law, any action against it is illegitimate and Armenians living in Karabakh can have only provisions of international law such as the right to autonomy and the right to self-determination within the boundaries of Azerbaijan.