Pashinyan con­fuses Yere­van streets with UN Gen­eral Assem­bly ros­trum

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

He was com­ment­ing on the speech of the Ar­me­nian PM Nikol Pashinyan at the 73rd Ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York.

“At­tempts to present his rise to power through a coup and the es­tab­lish­ment of ochlo­cratic dic­ta­tor­ship as democ­racy look ridicu­lous. Ev­ery­one is well aware of the con­se­quences of pop­ulism, po­lit­i­cal dem­a­goguery and ma­nip­u­la­tion of the masses in Europe in the 19301940s,” Ha­jiyev said.

He noted that the Ar­me­nian PM, against the topic of gen­eral dis­cus­sions of the 73rd Ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly, did not voice any facts or fig­ures re­lated to the de­vel­op­ment of Ar­me­nia, im­ple­men­ta­tion of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals at the na­tional level or liv­ing in peace­ful con­di­tions with neigh­bor­ing states, be­cause they sim­ply do not ex­ist.

“Ar­me­nia, which grossly vi­o­lated the Ar­ti­cle 2(4) of the UN Char­ter by us­ing force against Azer­bai­jan and oc­cu­py­ing the Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion and ad­ja­cent seven re­gions of Azer­bai­jan, put for­ward ground­less ac­cu­sa­tions against Azer­bai­jan in con­nec­tion with the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan con­flict,” Ha­jiyev stressed, adding that Ar­me­nia com­mit­ted bloody eth­nic cleans­ing on its ter­ri­tory and in the oc­cu­pied lands against more than one mil­lion indige­nous Azer­bai­jani pop­u­la­tion.

He fur­ther noted that the Ar­me­nian PM, con­tin­u­ing the pol­icy of his pre­de­ces­sors, with his provoca­tive, mil­i­tary-ad­ven­tur­ist steps, con­tra­dic­tory and ab­surd thoughts serves to par­a­lyze the ne­go­ti­a­tion process.

“The en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity knows very well that the most im­por­tant ob­sta­cle in the set­tle­ment of the con­flict is Ar­me­nia’s con­tin­u­a­tion of the mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion against Azer­bai­jan and the pres­ence of Ar­me­nian troops in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan,” Ha­jiyev pointed out.“More­over, the Ar­me­nian PM calls for the an­nex­a­tion of the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries in con­di­tions of to­tal dis­re­spect to in­ter­na­tional law and the UN Char­ter.”

The deputy head of the for­eign re­la­tions de­part­ment also men­tioned that the Ar­me­nian PM de­lib­er­ately re­mains silent about the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions that form the po­lit­i­cal and le­gal ba­sis for the set­tle­ment of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict.

“In or­der to achieve progress in the set­tle­ment of the con­flict in ac­cor­dance with the re­quire­ments of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions, Ar­me­nia must with­draw its troops from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan, not im­pede the re­turn of in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons to their na­tive lands and com­ply with in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions,” Ha­jiyev stressed. “Only in this case, it will be pos­si­ble to re­solve the con­flict and en­sure sus­tain­able peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.”

Ar­me­nia and Azer­bai­jan fought a lengthy war that ended with sign­ing of a frag­ile cease­fire in 1994. Since the war be­gan, 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.

While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only me­di­a­tor in res­o­lu­tion of the con­flict, the oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­tory of the sov­er­eign state with its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bound­aries has been left out of due at­ten­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for years.

Un­til now, Ar­me­nia ig­nores four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on im­me­di­ate with­drawal from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, thus keep­ing ten­sion high in the re­gion.

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