Azerbaijani FM: Armenia should reassess values
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 19 / Trend /
Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov stated that Armenia needs to reassess values.
"Azerbaijan has a maximum position, which can be formulated as the restoration of full sovereign control over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Not just to restore the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, but establish a direct vertical sovereign control over the territory and population living there", Azimov said in an interview with the Echo Moskvy radio station.
He said Azerbaijan stepped to the middle of the bridge and stated about its readiness to show flexibility, meaning the various models of self-government for the population of Nagorno-Karabakh region within Azerbaijan. That is, the flexibility within the framework of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.
"We are ready for it and we went out to the middle of the bridge. But, Armenia has an extreme position - Karabakh's separation from Azerbaijan, they do not hide this and all the time talking about independence," he added.
Azimov stated, on the other hand all those positions that Armenia is trying to introduce into the settlement process, aimed not at preserving the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and Karabakh in its composition, reintegration, but at its disintegration. The fact the Armenian recently began talking about the fact that Azerbaijanis will not return in Karabakh, and so on, is a statement of such a position.
Because, Azimov said, Azerbaijanis in Nagorno-Karabakh is the restoration of the region's demographics, restoration of equality of the two communities in the region and Azerbaijan - is an objective factor to participate in the life of this region, in its recovery.
"If we see that complex twists and turns occurs on the corridor [the Lachin corridor], and the Armenian side insists on its hard-sided, military control of these territories, which they are considering a very broad parameters under the name of the corridor, then we would have no doubt that the Armenian side tends to the separation," he added.
"We would like to see they still had reappraisal and think about what they got today and what they lost and that they will acquire in the future as a result of this action," he 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 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the 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.