Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 17
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
As long as Armenia does not abandon its dirty politics, Azerbaijan will continue keeping this country under blockade conditions, chief of the Political Analysis and Information Provision Department of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, Elnur Aslanov said on Feb. 17.
Aslanov made the remarks in Baku during an international conference on the topic 'Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey: Trilateral union and future of regional policy'.
He said Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey have come a long way over the last ten years and have attracted the world public's attention with projects implemented for not only their, but also of other nations' benefit.
"All three countries implement major geopolitical projects, and realization of new projects is currently under discussion," Aslanov said.
He believes that today these countries are outlining the new energy and transport map of Europe.
"This cooperation could become an example for many countries. But, unfortunately, there is a country that has a negative impact on this cooperation. This country is Armenia. As long as Armenia does not abandon its non-constructive and emotional politics, there will be obstacles hindering the establishment of friendship and brotherhood in the region," Aslanov stressed. "We want Armenia to abandon its dirty politics. As long as this does not happen, Azerbaijan will continue keeping this country under blockade conditions".
Aslanov went on saying that the Armenian leadership should understand that political backwardness and their country's regression can not bring success to the Armenian people.
He also stressed that the conference held in Baku today will create bases for future cooperation between the three countries.
"Azerbaijan wants Armenia to join these processes too," he said. "The time will come, when we will hold these conferences in Khojaly, which was turned into ruins by Armenia, as well as in the region's pearls - Shusha and Khankendi".
Azerbaijani Presidential Administration's representative also expressed concern that some forces are striving for opening borders between Turkey and Armenia.
"Unfortunately, some Western foundations and organizations are working towards opening the border between Turkey and Armenia. Unless the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is solved, the opening of the borders is out of question," Aslanov said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia 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.