Pres­i­dent Aliyev: Ar­me­nian lead­er­ship wants to break off ne­go­ti­a­tions

Azer News - - Front Page - By Kamila Aliyeva

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.

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