Baku re­mains hard on its stance on Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

TThe Ar­me­nian For­eign Min­istry in a me­dia state­ment hur­ried to re­as­sure the Ar­me­nian pub­lic and as­sure that Yere­van "reaf­firms its po­si­tion on the pri­or­ity sta­tus of Nagorno-Karabakh and its se­cu­rity." So, Ar­me­nian For­eign Min­istry tried to teach Baku how to build a diplo­matic di­a­logue, ac­cused him of in­con­ti­nence and pointed to the in­ad­mis­si­bil­ity of "pre­sent­ing their own one-sided point of view".

How­ever, Baku con­tin­ues its hard stance in Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict and does not pay at­ten­tion to the empty state­ments of Ar­me­nian FM. The grant­ing of an in­de­pen­dent sta­tus to a self-pro­claimed en­tity cre­ated by Ar­me­nia in the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries has never been the sub­ject of dis­cus­sion. Azer­bai­jani side has never con­cealed that there will be no "in­de­pen­dent Karabakh", but there can be au­ton­omy with a high de­gree of self-gov­ern­ment within the bor­ders of Azer­bai­jan. If Ar­me­nia con­tin­ues its oc­cu­pa­tion pol­icy, war is in­evitable and in this case, Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion will not re­ceive the au­ton­omy at all.

The first op­tion for the Ar­me­nian side would be ben­e­fi­cial, and it should put aside fan­tasies and un­re­al­is­tic dreams and think about it. This is the big­gest con­ces­sion that Baku is ready to make, given the enor­mous evil that Ar­me­nia brought to the re­gion and the amount of in­no­cent Azer­bai­jani blood, shed dur­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion. Karabakh Ar­me­ni­ans them­selves, re­mem­ber very well what lux­u­ri­ous life was in Azer­bai­jan, which was de­stroyed by the na­tion­al­ists with the be­gin­ning of the con­flict.

Such a panic re­ac­tion in Ar­me­nia can be re­garded as a demon­stra­tion of the fears ex­ist­ing in Ar­me­nia about the Karabakh Ar­me­ni­ans, who can sud­denly come to their senses and re­al­ize the re­al­i­ties.

First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Ararat Mir­zoyan said that the "in­alien­able right" of the Ar­me­ni­ans of Karabakh, who "will de­ter­mine their own destiny."

It is worth re­mem­ber­ing that the na­tion­al­ists dur­ing the con­flict did not al­low the Ar­me­ni­ans of Karabakh to de­cide their own fate and at­tribut­ing to them, who lived well in peace and har­mony along­side the Azer­bai­ja­nis, the de­sire for "in­de­pen­dence." And Karabakh Ar­me­ni­ans for more than 25 years of con­flict al­ready un­der­stood that the tem­po­rar­ily oc­cu­pied re­gion has no prospects for any fu­ture.

Hys­ter­i­cal warn­ings about any threats to the Ar­me­ni­ans of Nagorno-Karabakh in the event of the “sur­ren­der” of the ter­ri­to­ries are com­pletely un­ten­able. The great­est threat to the Ar­me­ni­ans of Azer­bai­jan is the on­go­ing con­flict, which, due to the fault of Yere­van, may at any time en­ter a hot phase. Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties per­fectly re­mem­ber April 2016, when res­i­dents of front­line vil­lages and sol­diers of the Ar­me­nian army fled to Yere­van.

The vol­un­tary re­turn of oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani lands will re­turn the peace and pros­per­ity that lo­cal Ar­me­ni­ans used to have un­til 1988. Hope, the Ar­me­nian so­ci­ety will un­der­stand this in 2019.

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