Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.24
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Each year, some 150,000-170,000 people leave Armenia, the natural population growth declines, and this leads the country into a dead end, stated the Chairman of the State Committee on Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov.
He made the remark Sept.24 at an event dedicated to the discussion of the book of the head of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, academician Ramiz Mehdiyev "Nagorno Karabakh: history read through sources."
He noted that the Armenians did not achieve anything by keeping Azerbaijani territories under occupation for 22 years.
Head of State Committee stressed that the Sargsyan-Kocharyan regime in Armenia will come to an end.
The criminal cases brought against Asgarov and Guliyev are unsubstantiated.
The Armenians themselves claimed that someone should have shot Asgarov and Guliyev on the spot. This proves their barbaric nature, Hasanov said.
He noted that international organizations are calling for the establishment of confidence-building measures.
"Whose trust must we earn? The Azerbaijani people have trusted the Armenians for hundreds of years," the head of the State Committee said.
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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.