Ilham Aliyev: Muslims should know that Armenia, destroying sacred mosques, can't be friend of Muslim countries
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 13
Muslims should know that Armenia, destroying our sacred mosques can not be friend of Muslim countries, said Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev.
He made the remarks at the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Dec.13.
"I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to OIC, its members and the Muslim societies of the world for the just support provided to Azerbaijan in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict . For more than 20 years, Armenia has occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven adjusted districts. Nagorno-Karabakh is the native and historical land of Azerbaijan. As a result of the Armenian aggression, more than one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons. The occupied territories were subjected to complete ethnic cleansing and were looted," the head of state underlined.
President Aliyev noted that Armenia destroyed all cultural monuments, including mosques and Islamic monuments.
"Meanwhile, Armenia wants to establish friendly relations with various Muslim states. This is the biggest hypocrisy. The world's Muslims should know that Armenia, which destroys sacred mosques, cannot be a friend of Muslim countries," the head of state said.
The President recalled that in 1993 the UN Security Council adopted four resolutions demanding the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the Azerbaijani territory.
"However, Armenia refuses to implement them. The organization of Islamic cooperation and other international organizations adopted similar decisions and resolutions. Azerbaijan will never reconcile with the Armenian occupation, the conflict should be settled only within the internationally recognized borders and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan," said President Aliyev.