Ilham Aliyev informs leading world news agencies on Armenian occupation
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 16
Among the problems which Azerbaijan has been facing for many years since independence, is the occupation of Azerbaijan's legal and historical lands by Armenia, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
He made the remarks in his opening speech at the 5th News Agencies World Congress in Baku, Nov. 16.
He informed the audience that Nagorno Karabakh is a historic part of Azerbaijan, the name Karabakh is of Azerbaijani origin.
The president said that not only Nagorno Karabakh, which used to be the autonomous district of Azerbaijan during the Soviet times, but also seven other districts of Azerbaijan, are under Armenian occupation.
"This occupation has lasted for more than 20 years, and as a result of this, more than a million of Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons. Our people were subjected to ethnic cleansing by Armenia and today almost 20 percent of internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan is under the Armenian occupation," Ilham Aliyevsaid.
He went on to add that international organizations, all the leading organizations, adopted the right decisions and resolutions, including the UN Security Council, which adopted four resolutions, demanding immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijan's territory in the beginning of the 90s, but they are not implemented.
"Armenia just ignores these resolutions and shows its ignorance to the whole international community," the president said. "There should be very serious discussions and steps with respect to the elaboration, the mechanism of implementation of resolutions of the UN Security Council resolutions."
Ilham Aliyev said that at the same time, from political point of view, there should be unified methods of implementation of resolutions.
"In some cases, we see the UN resolutions implemented within days, in our case it has been more than 20 years. This is unacceptable, this is a sign of double standards towards Azerbaijan, and we need to put an end to the occupation," said the president.
He said that other international organizations, such as the Islamic Cooperation Organization, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the Non-Aligned Movement and others, have adopted similar decisions and resolutions, which remain on paper.
"All our historic monuments, our mosques, graves, were destroyed by Armenians. The OSCE twice sent the fact-finding missions to the occupied territories and the reports of the OSCE show that," said the president.
Meanwhile, the president said that in Baku, one can visit the Armenian church, which is under the state protection, and which has been renovated.
"But in occupied territories of Nagorno Karabakh and other districts, all our mosques are destroyed by Armenia," said Ilham Aliyev.
The president said that the conflict must be resolved as soon as possible, and the resolution must be based on international law and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
"Territorial integrity of Azerbaijan has the same value as that of any other country. And we hear all the time that similar conflicts in the post-Soviet area must be resolved based on territorial integrity of countries. The same should be applied to Azerbaijan," Ilham Aliyev said.
The president said that despite this huge political and economic burden, Azerbaijan develops.
"We are very committed to our development. We need to build a stronger country, we need to implement all our social promises and diversify economy and be stronger," he said. "Unfortunately, in today's world, the international law many times is violated and there are no mechanisms, political mechanisms to force the aggressor to stop the aggression."
The president went on to say that Azerbaijan concentrated largely on the country's economic development, and the achievements, according to him, are very impressive.