Top official: State guarantees fundamental rights and freedoms of Azerbaijani citizens of Armenian nationality
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 21 / Trend /
Any insinuations and one-sided interpretation of various information resources appealing to the President's Twitter account in connection with allegedly deployed struggle against the Armenian nation are as a whole absurd and baseless, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Political Analysis and Information Provision Department Head Elnur Aslanov said. He was commenting on several Armenian sources' statements.
"Azerbaijan is against the ideology of Armenia's ultranationalist circles in its current form, which justify terrorist attacks, occupation of the neighboring country's lands, ethnic cleansing, killing of civilians, women and children," Aslanov noted.
"The Azerbaijani society is known for its values, such as inter-confession tolerance and multiculturalism," he said. "We are proud of our diversity. Representatives of many nationalities live in Azerbaijan as one family. It is silly and groundless to accuse Azerbaijan of impatience by any feature - whether national, or religious or others. Around 30,000 citizens of Armenian nationality live in our country. Their fundamental rights and freedoms are guaranteed by the state as those of other Azerbaijani citizens in accordance with the fundamental law - the Constitution of the Azerbaijani Republic."
Aslanov noted that the Azerbaijani President has clearly underlined that the country's main enemy is the Armenian lobby. "They are pro-Armenian establishment, living in wealthy countries, that deprives generations of the Armenian society of full future for the sake of its own mercenary interests, and those members of the Armenian diaspora who sacrifice the future of Armenia and Armenian people for the sake of their whims, by exerting pressure to preserve the status quo of occupation of Azerbaijani lands. All these factors not only dramatically complicate any positive perspective of developing the region, and its full integration, but nullify Armenia's internal resources. Thus, the Armenian lobby is also the enemy of the rational thinking part of the Armenian population."
"It is important to stress that the Azerbaijani side's all actions show that the country really strives for the peaceful settlement of the conflict," he said. "The country really has the will and the desire to solve the problem. Unfortunately, no signals have been received from another side. The country is sure that the rapid withdrawal of Armenian troops from the Azerbaijani occupied territories will create great opportunities for the region. Today the Armenian political regime, in fact, has brought the country into isolation and crisis over irrepressible territorial claims and aggression against Azerbaijan. The country is ready to continue negotiations to determine the status of Nagorno-Karabakh within the Azerbaijan Republic. The population expelled from Nagorno-Karabakh must have the opportunity to return home and live in peace, friendship and cooperation."