Monday, 05 October 2020 09:46

Ilham Aliyev: An end to occupation must be put

“I often hear that the conflict has no military solution. First of all, I don't agree with this. Secondly, okay, if there is no military solution, then give us a non-military solution, give us a diplomatic solution. Comply with the UN Security Council resolutions. They were passed by the world’s supreme international body, and these resolutions demand the unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied territories”, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said in his interview with the Al-Arabiya TV channel, Azertag reports.

We have been in negotiations since 1992, and during these 28 years had there been any diplomatic solution? Did mediators or other international organizations provide us with the political solution? No. They made this conflict frozen but it is not frozen. So, how long we are going to wait? Another 30 years? How long will the Armenians continue to sit on our lands and not allow our people to go back to their homes? If the international community cannot provide implementation of the international resolutions, Azerbaijan will do it itself. That’s what is happening. I once again tell all those parties who want to help to solve the conflict, and also to the Armenian leadership:​ until it’s too late, stop the occupation now. Make a statement that you accept the principles of settlement, that you accept the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and that you will present us a timetable for withdrawal from all the occupied territories. And the prime minister of Armenia, who declared on the territory of Azerbaijan that ‘Karabakh is Armenia,’ should apologize and say ‘Karabakh is not Armenia’, and then we will stop”, the Head of State said.

“The main and encouraging factor for us during the negotiations was the gradual return of the occupied territories to Azerbaijan. We agreed that the lands should be returned in stages by peaceful means. The first stage implied the return of 5 districts, two more districts at the second stage, and then the Azerbaijanis would return to Nagorno-Karabakh, Shusha, and after that the Azerbaijani and Armenian peoples would live together as they once did.​ This is a fair position that meets all the norms of the international law. We wanted it and had the right for it”, this was stated by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in his address to the nation, Azertag reports.

 

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