The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

President Ilham Aliyev’s compelling and tough response to Armenian president’s provocative remarks

President Ilham Aliyev’s compelling and tough response to Armenian president’s provocative remarks


 APA. Armenia has already annoyed all the international organizations with its complaints, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev during a meeting of the CISHeads of State in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Sept. 16.

During the meeting Armenian President Serzh Sargsyancomplained about Azerbaijan, referring to the events that took place on the front line this April. He alleged that Azerbaijan violated a truce regime during these events.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was next in alphabetical order after the Armenian President to take the floor. President Aliyev asked the Belarusian president for permission to speak. As Alexander Lukashenko did not object President Aliyev took the floor and gave a compelling and tough response to the Armenian president:

The Azerbaijani, in turn, gave a solid and tough answer to his Armenian counterpart’s provocative remarks.  

“I deemed it my duty to comment on the Armenian President’s remarks. I did not consider it necessary to talk about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution here as this problem is addressed by other international organizations,” said President Aliyev. “But when I heard another complaint of the Armenian side, I deemed it my duty to comment on this.”

Armenia has already bothered all the international organizations with those complaints, he added.

“Situation is so paradoxical, as you can imagine: Armenia occupied territory of a sovereign state, violated its territorial integrity, expelled local Azerbaijani population from the Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts, making more than one million people refugees and IDPs, destroyed everything in the occupied lands, including historical, religious, cultural monuments and all the infrastructure, which was evidenced by the reports of two OSCE missions,” said Azerbaijan’s president. “Then Armenia has just pretended to engage in the negotiations process for more than 20 years. Moreover Armenia periodically makes different provocations to make this process eternal. One of these provocations took place this April. Over 500 houses of Azerbaijani civilians were shelled from the Armenian artillery, more than 100 houses were destroyed, nearly 10 civilians, including children, were killed, died.”

President Aliyev noted that international organizations have a clear understanding of how this problem must be solved.

“There is a supreme international body – United Nations Security Council. It is the highest international organization. The Security Council adopted four resolutions in early 1990s. These documents demand unconditional and immediate withdrawal of the occupant Armenian forces from Azerbaijan’s territory. These resolutions remain unfulfilled. Armenia disregards them and tries to create a new reality by artificially changing the administrative borders of former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast and illegally resettling in that area. It is absolutely illegal. It is a crime, and this crime has continued up to the present time,” he said.

Azerbaijan is committed to a peace process, stressed Ilham Aliyev.

“We work constructively. We have a Minsk Group format, but the Armenian side misuses this format just to make the negotiations continue for ever. They do not want peace. They just want to keep our territories under control and to accuse Azerbaijan everywhere of violating something. We are the aggrieved party. We did not occupy anybody’s territory. It is our territory, 20 per cent of Azerbaijan’s internationally-recognized territory, that has been under occupation. This is the reality. Therefore with reference to the Armenian President’s another inappropriate complaint, I deemed it my duty to bring this to the attention of our colleagues once again,” he added.

Serzh Sargsyan: It makes no sense to respond to a lie.

Ilham Aliyev: I have already responded to a lie.