BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 29. Armenia didn't implement UN Security Council resolutions because it wanted to maintain status quo, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said during the 2nd Azerbaijan National Urban Development Forum in Zangilan, Trend reports.
"For three decades, the occupational forces did not allow us to come back, and they were actually blocking all the efforts of the international community to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Negotiations were held since 1992 until 2020. Can you imagine? 28 years of endless, and now as we see, useless negotiations, which produced zero result. If we look at the countries who were sponsoring these negotiations, we can easily see that if they wanted, the solution would have been found. Because three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, three nuclear powers, were the co-chairs of the former Minsk group, which had a mandate to put an end to the occupation. That was kind of the OSCE branch, but at the same time, we had a legal basis. We had four UN Security Council resolutions, which demanded an immediate, unconditional and full withdrawal of the Armenian forces from the occupied territories. Those resolutions were adopted in 1993. But they were not implemented because of lack of political will. It is clear that Armenia did not want the resolution of the conflict. They wanted just to keep the status quo unchanged. They wanted to keep our lands under their control forever. They were conducting illegal settlements, by the way, including in Zangilan. Maybe in Zangilan, it was not so widespread, but in Lachin, in Kalbajar, in Shusha there have been thousands of illegal settlers who came from the Armenian diaspora from the Middle East and other countries," President Ilham Aliyev said.