Hajiyev: Holding negotiations with Armenia for over 25 years - Azerbaijan's biggest compromise (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 22
Holding negotiations with Armenia for over 25 years is Azerbaijan's biggest compromise, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev told Trend on May 22.
He made the remarks commenting on the statement of the Armenian side, which alleged that direct involvement of the illegal regime established in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan would allow ensuring the lasting peace.
He stressed that for the international community, Armenia's such frivolous and unreasonable statements once again prove that Armenia pursues a destructive policy in the process of the conflict settlement, and is engaged in populism and political adventure.
"Roughly violating Paragraph 2 (4) of the UN Charter, Armenia used force against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan and occupied Azerbaijani territories. In March 1992, the Minsk Group was established in accordance with the decision of the Helsinki Council of Ministers. Thus, Armenia and Azerbaijan were recognized as parties to the conflict, and Armenian and Azerbaijani communities of the Nagorno-Karabakh region - as the interested sides," Hajiyev reminded.
He noted that the European Court of Human Rights has reasonably put an end to Armenia's prolonged denial of the illegal occupation of the Azerbaijani territories and denial of responsibility for the military presence in those lands.
"In the case of Chiragov and Others v. Armenia, the European Court of Human Rights confirmed that from the very beginning of the conflict, Armenia, using its military presence and military means and experience, participated in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, its military support was and is the decisive factor in the seizure of these territories and control over them," Hajiyev said.
He emphasized that Armenia - which is responsible for the aggression that continues to this day against Azerbaijan and the military occupation of internationally recognized territories, presence of Armenian armed forces in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijani citizens from those lands - bears international responsibility for the violation of international law.
"Armenia - which bears international legal responsibility for the use of force against Azerbaijan and the military occupation of its territories - is the party to the conflict, and the fact that Azerbaijan has been negotiating with the aggressor Armenia for more than 25 years, is the biggest concession to the aggressor country. Termination of the policy of occupation and ethnic cleansing and withdrawal of troops from the occupied Azerbaijani lands in accordance with the requirements of the UN Security Council resolutions will ensure establishment of peace and security in the region," Hajiyev 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 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.