Azerbaijani President: “Armenia should start withdrawing its troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan”

Azerbaijani President: “Armenia should start withdrawing its troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan”
# 25 April 2014 17:04 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. On April 24, Prague hosted summit on 5th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership program with the participation of heads of state and government. APA reports that in his speech at the summit’s plenary meeting, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan spoke about the so-called “Armenian genocide”. Taking advantage of the absence of Turkey at the summit, Armenian President focused on so-called “genocide” wandering from the subject of the plenary meeting and criticized Turkey.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev responded to S.Sargsyan at the plenary meeting:

“Unfortunately, Armenian president attacks Turkey again taking an opportunity. It’s easy to do that, because Turkish representatives are absence. However, I’m here and I can say why Turkish-Armenian border is closed. Turkey-Armenian border has been closed since occupation of Kalbajar region in April, 1993. Beforehand, all Azerbaijanis have been deprived from Nagorno Karabakh. 30% of Nagorno Karabakh population was Azerbaijanis. Before Kalbajar, Armenians occupied Shusha and Lachin. Thereafter, they occupied Aghdam, Fuzuli, Zangilan, Gubadli, Jabrayil – totally 7 Azerbaijani regions which were out of Nagorno Karabakh’s borders, that makes 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory. Our population underwent ethnic cleansing and in spite of 4 resolutions of the UN Security Council, resolution of European Parliament and resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, this issue has not been solved yet. Armenia disregards these resolutions and continues occupation of the territories which never belonged to them. At the same time, they blame Azerbaijan for non-constructive approach. Our lands are under occupation. The Helsinki Final Act clearly reflects territorial integrity and self-determination. Self-determination should not be achieved over violation of territorial integrity of the countries. Armenians have already determined their fate, they have independent Armenian Republic. Imagine what will happen if Armenians achieve self-determination in every place where they live. They can demonstrate same approach in Czech republic, Georgia, Russia, America and where they live. They have their own state, they determined their fate. Azerbaijan is interested in resolution of the conflict soon. I’m sure that Armenia is also interested in this. Resolution of this issue will influence cooperation in the South Caucasus too”.

Regarding Turkish-Armenian relations, some years ago, the Prime Minister Erdogan offered Armenian leadership to open all archives that the historians to consider historical points of the relations between two peoples. Yesterday, the PM Erdogan condoled with Armenia-origin peoples. However, Armenian side did not respond to his. Though I know that the US and EU highly appreciate Turkish PM’s position, it seems that this is not sufficient for Armenian government. It’s clear who does not want peace in the region. We want peace, we want to get back our territories. Armenia should start withdrawing its troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. It’s easy to do that. Only Armenia should had political will. Finally, the last issue, Azerbaijani people ask a question: Why no sanctions are not imposed on Armenia? Why Armenian delegation in the Council of Europe are not deprived of their voting rights? They occupied territories of other country, violated norms of international law grossly, violate 4 resolutions of the UN Security Council grossly and no sanctions are imposed on them, no punishment are inflicted on them. Illegal, criminal so-called representatives of Nagorno Karabakh regime obtain visas to European capitals. This is unbearable and this must be end”.

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