Armenians must leave Karabakh, MP says
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 26
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijani MP Elman Mammadov believes that those Armenians who are still able to think in the right direction, must either cross the border to Azerbaijani side, or leave Nagorno Karabakh.
Mammadov said today Armenia's economy is completely ruined and the country itself is in poverty.
"The same situation is observed with the separatist regime in Nagorno Karabakh, which is under Armenia's guard," he said, adding that even according to Armenia's own statistics, there are even less than 1,5 million people left there.
"Those who could've left the country, already did so," he said. "The soldier who crossed the border has chosen the best way, since Armenian servicemen on the frontlines are starving, and their commanders are criminals."
Mammadov also said that serious enmity between the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia affects the situation in the Armenian army.
"The Armenian soldier spoke about the criminal situation in the army. This once again testifies to the fact that Azerbaijan's army will soon liberate the occupied lands. The time has come to do that," he said.
According to Mammadov, the only way to save the Armenian statehood is the establishment of relations with Azerbaijan.
"Otherwise, Armenia will be destroyed," he said.
Armenian soldier Andranik Grigoryan, born in 1991, surrendered to the Azerbaijani side on March 22. During the interrogation, Grigoryan said he surrendered to the Azerbaijani side because he feared a senseless death.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.