President Aliyev: Armenian leadership wants to break off negotiations
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Thomas Greminger, who came for an official visit to Baku to explore the potential for further development of relations between Azerbaijan and the organization, held a meeting on September 12.
The head of state pointed to a broad agenda of the issues to be discussed during Thomas Greminger’s visit, describing the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan NagornoKarabakh conflict as one of the topical ones.
In this regard, President Aliyev noted that the contradictory statements on the settlement of the conflict made by the Armenian prime minister from the very beginning of his activity are at least surprising.
Particularly, his thesis that “Azerbaijan must negotiate with the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic" is unacceptable, according to the head of state.
“This demonstrates that the Armenian leadership wants to break off the negotiations. Azerbaijan resolutely refutes the statements alleging that the occupied Azerbaijani regions are part of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, and urges the OSCE to react to these dangerous statements. In general, the Azerbaijani side has come to such a conclusion that Pashinyan is trying to break off the negotiation process by any means. In this case, the Armenian side and especially Pashinyan are fully responsible for this,” he said.
Ilham Aliyev called on the OSCE not to turn a blind eye to massive violations of human rights in Armenia on the pretext of democracy, the Armenian prime minister’s instructions on the arrest of his political opponents, and the emergence of a new dictatorship regime in Armenia.
During the talks, the sides exchanged views on the issues related to regional security, democratic development, transport and economic cooperation.
Azerbaijan, the fourth event of the season, will have the honor of staging F1's fourth Grand Prix.
The first and second Baku stages of Formula 1 were held on June 23-25, while the third city race was held on April 27-29, 2018.
Note that the winner of the third Formula 1 Grand Prix on April 27-29 this year in Baku was Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes team.
The length of the Baku track, where teams competed for the championship, each represented by two drivers, was just over six kilometers. The length of the widest part of the track was 13 meters, and the narrowest width was 7.6 meters between the turns 7 and 8, which are situated along the Icheri Sheher (Old City).
Azerbaijan has already gained its international recognition as a sports country. Over the past few years, the country hosted 2015 European Games, 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games, Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, several gymnastics championships and chess tournaments as well as a number of other sports events. Azerbaijan is hosting for the fourth time the world championship in BMX cycling being an Olympic sport.