Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 22
Azerbaijan has been suffering from the Armenian occupation for over 20 years, and the negotiation process doesn't lead to any results, the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said Jan. 22.
He was addressing the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
"I think that all the conflicts in the post-Soviet area, and in the world in general, must be treated from the same angle, same approach," the president said. "Also the same international law norms must be applied."
He noted that when a conflict is not resolved and is protracted, it leads the way to other conflicts.
The president further expressed disappointment with what is being observed in the post-Soviet era.
President Aliyev also said that tensions are today seen not only in the Middle East.
"A lot has changed, since I was here the last time," the president said. "We have new threats that we couldn't even imagine we would have."
"And they are no longer regional, but global. We see these terrible attacks in Europe, which were generated by destabilization and maybe by not addressing the right time the issues which seemed to be local or regional," he added.
President Aliyev said the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a regional conflict, but it has an impact on a broader scale both from geographical and methodological point of view.
"If you don't resolve and address this conflict based on international law, then you must be ready to see similar things in other parts of the world," he said.
The president added that it is also important that the international law norms should not be interpreted by different countries with respect to their interests.
"They must be interpreted as they are written," the president said, adding that there is a very clear definition in the UN Charter, OSCE documents and other international organizations about the priorities of the principles of international law.
"All of them must be observed, then we will avoid double standards, and more importantly - we will avoid, and, maybe, reduce the risks of new conflicts in our region," he noted.