Azerbaijan issues stern warning to Armenians living in country’s occupied territories
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 29 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
Armenians must be aware that the Armenian leadership will make them refugees in other countries, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov said at an event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Zangilan occupation by Armenia.
"They must know they are temporarily living on historical Azerbaijani lands," he said. "However, they continue to claim our lands and settle there. This injustice will never remain unpunished."
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at the inauguration ceremony that not only the territory of Nagorno- Karabakh, but former historic lands of Azerbaijan such as Zangezur and Gokce will be released over time, Hasanov said.
"We are sure because the last presidential election showed once again that the Azerbaijani people support their president and this nation united around him," he stressed.
Twenty years have passed since the occupation of the Azerbaijani Zangilan region by Armenian Armed Forces.
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.