Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 17
By Samir Ali – Trend:
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan resorts to any provocation to preserve the status quo in the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani MP Tahir Karimli told Trend Oct. 17.
The Azerbaijani MP said that for this purpose, the current Armenian leadership violates all diplomatic norms.
"The Armenian president knows that Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity will be restored,” Karimli said. “The whole world has recognized Nagorno-Karabakh region as an integral part of Azerbaijan, therefore the Armenian president avoids diplomatic negotiations.”
“President Sargsyan avoids negotiations for Azerbaijan to start to liberate its lands by military means and then Armenia will say again that Azerbaijan is disrupting negotiations, while the Armenian side allegedly agrees on a peaceful settlement of the conflict,” he said.
"Azerbaijan is trying to resolve the conflict peacefully and the whole world is aware about it,” Karimli said. “President Sargsyan resorts to similar methods for the international organizations to exert more pressure on Azerbaijan."
Meanwhile, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan met in Geneva on October 16.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.