Ar­me­ni­ans of Nagorno-Karabakh en­slaved by mafia struc­ture

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Baku con­sid­ers the recent state­ments by the Ar­me­nian lead­er­ship as an un­con­struc­tive step aimed at dis­rupt­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tion process on the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict set­tle­ment and main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo based on the oc­cu­pa­tion, Spokesper­son for the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry Hik­mat Ha­jiyev told Trend on June 7.

He was com­ment­ing on the state­ment of the Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter about the al­leged in­ef­fec­tive­ness of the ne­go­ti­a­tions on the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the sep­a­ratist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Ha­jiyev stressed that the pres­ence of the Ar­me­nian armed forces in the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries and con­tin­u­a­tion of the oc­cu­pa­tion de­fine the in­ter­na­tional le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity of Ar­me­nia as a di­rect party to the con­flict.

“If the Ar­me­nian lead­er­ship is con­cerned that “the agree­ments reached re­main on pa­per,” it must com­ply with the re­quire­ments of the rel­e­vant UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, which de­mand the im­me­di­ate, com­plete and un­con­di­tional withdrawal of the oc­cu­py­ing troops from the Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries,” the spokesman said.

Ha­jiyev fur­ther re­minded the new Ar­me­nian lead­er­ship that the civic sta­tus of the Ar­me­nian com­mu­nity of Azer­bai­jan’s NagornoKarabakh re­gion has not changed.

“To­gether with the Azer­bai­jani com­mu­nity of Nagorno-Karabakh, they con­tinue to be cit­i­zens of Azer­bai­jan. The recent pro­cesses tak­ing place in Nagorno-Karabakh have once again demon­strated that the Ar­me­nian com­mu­nity of the Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion of Azer­bai­jan is to­tally en­slaved and ex­ploited by a mafia struc­ture,” he said.

The spokesman added that the Azer­bai­jani side has re­peat­edly ex­pressed its po­si­tion openly and un­am­bigu­ously re­gard­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tion process.

“Azer­bai­jan is ready to con­tinue ne­go­ti­a­tions on the ba­sis of the ex­ist­ing for­mat and agenda for the early res­o­lu­tion of the con­flict and en­sur­ing sus­tain­able peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion. The ne­go­ti­a­tions are aimed at the withdrawal of the Ar­me­nian troops from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan, en­sur­ing the re­turn of Azer­bai­jani in­ter­nally dis­placed persons, who were sub­jected to eth­nic cleans­ing, to their na­tive lands,” Ha­jiyev stressed.

He noted that the Ar­me­nian side must un­der­stand that hold­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ar­me­nia, which is an in­vader and ag­gres­sor coun­try, for more than 25 years is the big­gest con­ces­sion of Azer­bai­jan.

Ar­me­nia broke out a lengthy war against Azer­bai­jan by lay­ing ter­ri­to­rial claims on the coun­try. Since a war in the early 1990s, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh 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.

To this day, Ar­me­nia has not im­ple­mented four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the NagornoKarabakh and sur­round­ing re­gions.

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