Baku, Azerbaijan, April 11
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
A well thought-out response is needed with regard to Armenians' invasive policy in the South Caucasus, according to the Head of the Department of Public and Political Issues of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, Professor Ali Hasanov.
Hasanov made the remarks during a lecture titled 'Azerbaijan's position in the talks on conflict settlement' held at the Karabakh Research Center.
Karabakh Research Center on Friday hosted the regular short-term student courses, on the program titled 'Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: historical roots, stages and solution perspectives'.
It should be noted that according to the 'Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh Region' Public Association, the center was established by the Public Administration Academy under Azerbaijani president and the association.
Further speaking, Hasanov said that Azerbaijani citizens, intellectuals and society should not forget about pursuing offensive diplomacy and exposing Armenia to the world as an aggressor state - a task assigned to them and repeatedly underscored by Azerbaijani president.
Speaking about Armenia's aggressive policy and destructive position in the conflict resolution, Hasanov also highlighted Azerbaijan's diplomatic efforts in this area and the fact that the state recently favors offensive diplomacy.
He said the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that the country will never accept this occupation, the policy of ethnic cleansing and the temporary loss of Azerbaijan's territories and Azerbaijan has every reason for liberating the occupied territories in accordance with international legal norms.
"Therefore, we must support the policy of Azerbaijani president and Azerbaijani government on Nagorno-Karabakh," he stressed. "At the same time, we need to be strong. Economic power is the foundation for Azerbaijan's mission to save itself."
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by S.I.