MP: Yere­van dodges of ne­go­ti­a­tions with Baku

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The main rea­son for the provo­ca­tions of the Ar­me­nian side on the front­line is the un­will­ing­ness of Yere­van to be­gin sub­stan­tive ne­go­ti­a­tions, which could be the be­gin­ning of peace­ful set­tle­ment of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

Azer­bai­jani MP Sahib Aliyev made the re­mark while com­ment­ing on the ten­sion on the con­tact line of Azer­bai­jani and Ar­me­nian troops.

The MP stressed that the Ar­me­nian side has al­ways shown un­will­ing­ness to ne­go­ti­ate, men­tion­ing that it re­sorted to var­i­ous provo­ca­tions for many years, and con­tin­ues the same pol­icy to­day.

“It is ob­vi­ous that the Ar­me­nian author­i­ties are try­ing to wrig­gle out of the sub­stan­tive ne­go­ti­a­tions, to which Azer­bai­jan is ready. The Ar­me­nian lead­er­ship con­tin­ues its ag­gres­sive pol­icy against our coun­try,” Aliyev said.

The MP also re­minded the April fights of last year, when Azer­bai­jani Army’s coun­terat­tack in re­sponse to Ar­me­nia’s provo­ca­tions led to lib­er­a­tion of sev­eral strate­gic heights and set­tle­ments.

“These bat­tles showed the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of our army, its high tac­ti­cal train­ing, and demon­strated the fail­ure of the Ar­me­nian army,” Aliyev said.

Back then, Ar­me­nian mil­i­tary units in the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani lands be­gan shelling Azer­bai­jan’s po­si­tions. To pro­tect its civil­ian pop­u­la­tion, the Azer­bai­jani Armed Forces launched counter attacks, and as a re­sult, the Azer­bai­jani troops re­took hills around the vil­lage of Tal­ish, as well as Sey­su­lan set­tle­ment, and also took over Lele Tepe hill lo­cated in the di­rec­tion of Fuzuli re­gion.

In the April fight­ing, over 320 Ar­me­nian ser­vice­men were killed, more than 500 Ar­me­nian sol­diers were in­jured, 30 en­emy tanks and other ar­mored ve­hi­cles, as well as more than 25 ar­tillery pieces were de­stroyed dur­ing the counter attacks of Azer­bai­jan.

The MP went on to say that Ar­me­nia, con­tin­u­ing the ag­gres­sive pol­icy against Azer­bai­jan, even more plunges it­self into an eco­nomic block­ade and po­lit­i­cal iso­la­tion, de­prives it­self of op­por­tu­nity to join re­gional projects that could help Ar­me­nia get out of se­vere eco­nomic cri­sis.

“Ar­me­nia should join sub­stan­tive talks, be con­struc­tive and start de-oc­cu­pa­tion of the Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries,” noted the MP. “The sta­tus quo is un­ac­cept­able for Azer­bai­jan, and it is quite rea­son­able that the ba­sis for peace will emerge only af­ter the with­drawal of the oc­cu­pa­tion forces. Oth­er­wise, a mil­i­tary so­lu­tion of the prob­lem will not be ex­cluded,” the MP added.

Baku has re­peat­edly ex­pressed its con­sent to come to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble with Ar­me­nia to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict by peace­ful means, but Ar­me­nia con­tin­ues to play for time and avoids sub­stan­tive ne­go­ti­a­tions in or­der to pre­serve the sta­tus quo in NagornoKarabakh.

The con­flict be­gan in 1988 when Ar­me­nia made ter­ri­to­rial claims against Azer­bai­jan. As a re­sult of the en­su­ing war, in 1992 Ar­me­nian armed forces oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan, in­clud­ing the Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties. The 1994 cease­fire agree­ment was fol­lowed by peace ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Ar­me­nia still con­trols fifth part of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory and re­jects im­ple­ment­ing four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from NagornoKarabakh and sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

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