Baku con­sid­ers Ar­me­nia's re­cent provo­ca­tions on front­line as non-con­struc­tive po­si­tion

Azer News - - Front Page - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Baku con­sid­ers Ar­me­nia's re­cent provo­ca­tions on the front­line as a non-con­struc­tive po­si­tion, said Ali Hasanov, the Azer­bai­jani President`s As­sis­tant for Public and Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs.

Baku con­sid­ers Ar­me­nia's re­cent provo­ca­tions on the front­line as a non-con­struc­tive po­si­tion, said Ali Hasanov, the Azer­bai­jani President`s As­sis­tant for Public and Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs.

"Azer­bai­jan's stance on the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan NagornoKarabakh con­flict is ob­vi­ous,” Hasanov told re­ports on June 19, Az­er­tac re­ported. “And this stance is de­liv­ered to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and a num­ber of other or­ga­ni­za­tions deal­ing with the is­sue, in­clud­ing the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, the OSCE, the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and the Coun­cil of Europe. Our coun­try's po­si­tion is that Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity must be re­stored, refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons must re­turn to their home­lands, and the norms of in­ter­na­tional law con­cern­ing the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan con­flict must be fol­lowed.”

"Of course, we un­der­stand the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair coun­tries' and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions' dif­fer­ent po­si­tions on this is­sue. But the key point is the is­sue of ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity which is an in­vi­o­lable prin­ci­ple of in­ter­na­tional law,’ the top of­fi­cial added.

Hasanov re­minded that President Il­ham Aliyev has re­peat­edly stated that Azer­bai­jan will make no con­ces­sions to any­body even an inch of its ter­ri­tory. “How­ever, we are ready to achieve a con­struc­tive peace as well,” Hasanov said.

The Pres­i­den­tial As­sis­tant em­pha­sized that the co-chairs' vis­its to Azer­bai­jan con­trib­ute to clar­i­fy­ing the sit­u­a­tion, re-study­ing the sides' po­si­tions and achiev­ing progress on the con­flict res­o­lu­tion against a back­ground of rap­proche­ment of th­ese po­si­tions.

"We con­sider that ma­jor­ity of both bi­lat­eral meet­ings and the meet­ings in­volv­ing the co-chairs, as well as the meet­ings of the heads of state and for­eign min­is­ters con­trib­ute to find­ing com­mon po­si­tions, and sooner or later they will be found. Oth­er­wise, the fact that the Azer­bai­jani army will lib­er­ate Nagorno-Karabakh and other lands which are un­der the Ar­me­nian oc­cu­pa­tion is in­evitable."

Ali Hasanov noted that Ar­me­nia's ag­gres­sive pol­icy has been con­tin­u­ous so far, with­out any breaks. “They sim­ply step back a bit at some points, try­ing to con­ceal their stance and mis­lead the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. In gen­eral, we have never seen the Ar­me­ni­ans' do­ing with­out provo­ca­tion since 1990s. They have con­stantly re­sorted to provo­ca­tions, and con­tinue their deeds par­tic­u­larly at a time when the in­ter­na­tional ne­go­ti­a­tions have in­ten­si­fied and the ef­forts to elim­i­nate the sta­tus quo in­creased on the in­ter­na­tional arena. They try to re­in­force the con­fronta­tion on the front­line and hide their anti-Azer­bai­jani po­si­tion on in­ter­na­tional arena. On the other hand, they try to cover up their pop­u­la­tion`s dis­con­tent with the Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties and the spine­less regime across the coun­try. There­fore, we con­sider th­ese provo­ca­tions as a non-con­struc­tive stance of the Ar­me­nian au­thor­ity as the pre­vi­ous ones,” he added.

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