I did not yield an inch on Karabakh issue - Azerbaijani president
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Apr. 14
I did not yield an inch on the Karabakh issue, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said during the meeting with the awarded servicemen after attending the inauguration of the Military Trophy Park in Baku, Trend reports.
“Despite all the pressure and all attempts – they were also made later – I did not yield an inch on the Karabakh issue. On the contrary, after being elected president in 2003, I said that we should forget what we had agreed on. I don’t recognize that. We need to start negotiations from scratch. Despite all the pressure, I succeeded in doing that. It is thanks to this that the Madrid principles appeared. True, the Madrid principles did not completely suit us, and I am not hiding that. However, according to the Madrid principles, our lands were to be liberated. I have repeatedly stated that the territorial integrity of our country had never been and never would be the subject of negotiations, and life has proved me right. At that time, I believed in the successful completion of the negotiations because I had just been elected to this post and did not yet know how widespread politics and hypocrisy were. I thought that everything this or that partner spoke about was true. Subsequently, I realized that they were trying to deceive us all these years. They wanted not to resolve but freeze the issue. International organizations directly involved in this issue tried to keep these lands under Armenian occupation forever. I realized this afterward,” the head of state said.