Azerbaijani foreign ministry: Armenian President attempts to mislead world community
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 7 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan made another attempt on Friday to shamelessly mislead the world community, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev told Trend, while commenting on Sargsyan's meeting with the OSCE ambassadors.
"How can the matter concern security in the region when it was undermined by Armenia itself, which has kept Azerbaijani lands under occupation for twenty years?" Abdullayev said.
Armenia causes the biggest damage to the present and future of the South Caucasus. The leadership of this country is responsible for this.
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.
"While realizing its aggressive, short-sighted policy, the Armenian authorities shamelessly steal the future of their own people," Abdullayev said.
He added that while manipulating the OSCE terms, speaking about the Minsk Group and a peace process, Sargsyan tries once again to delay the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict settlement by using rough, clumsy methods.
"According to Yerevan, all methods are good, including the fact that at every opportunity, the Armenian authorities speculate by any facts to justify their desire to maintain the status quo," Abdullayev said.
President Sargsyan voiced many hysterical populist statements by staging a low-grade political show on the eve of the elections in Armenia to get political support for radical and extreme nationalist circles, he added.
"Well, the Armenian government and the president himself have seen a war, especially the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly, innocent dead women and children," he said. "What did the representatives of the Armenian authorities think that moment? Have they repented of brutal killing of hundreds of civilians?"
According to Sargsyan, one must call a spade a spade, Abdullayev said.
"Aggression remains aggression even in twenty years," he added. "One million refugees, internally displaced people and ethnic cleansing that occurred due to the fault of Armenia, is a very brutal crime. "The world community knows that every ninth Azerbaijani citizen is homeless. These people were expelled from their own land and home.
The biggest threat to the security of the region is a continuation of the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, Abdullayev said.
"Let Sargsyan not lie to foreign diplomats and pretend innocent," Abdullayev said.
While accepting the OSCE accredited ambassadors, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said that Baku threatens the security of the region.
"You know, I have seen a war so I do not want another war," Sargsyan said, Mediamax reported. "I have experienced the consequences of war. I am sure that no one concerned about the security of our region wants a war. But the actions are required. The so-called political correctness at present is a direct threat to regional security. "