Azerbaijani MFA calls Armenian political leadership to refrain from provocations that threaten peace


BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 19. Azerbaijani Overseas
Ministry strongly condemns and rejects the assertion of the
Ministry of Overseas Affairs of Armenia dated March 18, which
demonstrates the continuation of groundless territorial claims
in opposition to Azerbaijan, goals at undermining the territorial integrity
and sovereignty of Azerbaijan, and grossly interferes in its
inside affairs, Pattern reviews citing the commentary by Aykhan
Hajizada, MFA Spokesperson.

“We as soon as once more urge Armenia, which is unable to just accept the
return of former IDPs, victims of Armenia’s ethnic cleaning
coverage, to their homelands, to just accept the fact that got here to be
because of the 44-Day Patriotic Struggle, and to chorus from
aggressive steps and revanchist insurance policies.

To label the return of Azerbaijani IDPs to their houses as a
“violation” of the Trilateral Assertion and “unlawful settlement” is
yet one more clear manifestation of hypocrisy by Armenia, which, in
violation of worldwide regulation and 4 UN Safety Council
resolutions, saved the territories of Azerbaijan below occupation
for 30 years, forcibly expelled about 1 million Azerbaijanis from
their homelands, and brutally destroyed all Azerbaijani historic
and spiritual monuments within the area. This assertion demonstrates
Armenia’s function of racial discrimination and hatred.

On the identical time, this assertion demonstrates that Armenia, a
monoethnic state that has pursued a large-scale coverage of ethnic
cleaning in opposition to Azerbaijanis for many years, has not shunned
the abhorrent purpose pursued by unlawful settlement of Armenians not
solely from its personal territory, but in addition from the nations of the
Center East within the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, in addition to
“Armeniazation” of Azerbaijani territories, and the purpose of
hindering the return of Azerbaijanis in each doable approach.

The reference to the settlements of Azerbaijan by fictitious
names is one other signal of Armenia’s territorial claims in opposition to
Azerbaijan. It appears that evidently Armenia, which has simply grow to be acquainted
with worldwide regulation and the precept of respect for territorial
integrity, ought to proceed its enlightenment on this space.

The Prague and Sochi Statements demand Armenia to finish its
territorial claims in opposition to Azerbaijan, and to acknowledge and respect
the latter’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Nonetheless,
the just lately escalating rhetoric of the political management of
Armenia, together with the aforementioned assertion by the Ministry of
Overseas Affairs of Armenia, aggressive statements, particularly the
actions aimed immediately on the territorial integrity and sovereignty
of Azerbaijan, reveal that Armenia yet one more time doesn’t
intend to make the most of the historic alternative for peace.

The declare by Armenia that Azerbaijan, who initiated the signing
of a peace treaty after the conflict of 2020, introduced the 5 fundamental
ideas for constructing relations and the textual content of the peace
settlement, is just not within the peace settlement, is one other
apparent instance of deception. It’s well-known that Armenia, which
didn’t reply to Azerbaijan’s proposal to signal a peace settlement
for greater than a yr, after which conditioned the signing of a peace
settlement to the delimitation course of that normally takes a protracted
time, and to different damaging proposals, obstructs the peace
treaty below varied pretexts, exaggerating sure components and
creating confusion about its essence.

With such statements, Armenia is attempting to cowl up its
synthetic delaying of the peace treaty negotiation course of, as
nicely as its current blow to the method by refusing to attend the
subsequent spherical of negotiations in December 2022.

As it’s recognized, even earlier than the 2020 conflict, from the primary day
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan got here to energy, the chain of
provocations dedicated by Armenia, each verbally and in motion,
undermined the negotiation course of on the settlement of the previous
Armenia-Azerbaijan battle and led to a critical enhance in
stress within the area. Additionally it is well-known that below the
management of N.Pashinyan, Armenia adopted a navy doctrine and
a nationwide safety technique that envisages the idea of “a brand new
conflict for brand new territories” and defines the nation’s strategic purpose
within the negotiation course of as preserving the outcomes of the conflict and
that after the July 2020 clashes, following the impunity syndrome,
Armenia put ahead 7 unjustified circumstances in opposition to

Armenia, not forgetting its sample of placing ahead
circumstances, now interferes with the method of reintegration of the
Armenian residents of Azerbaijan. To be able to forestall Azerbaijan’s
decided exercise within the course of conducting a dialogue with
the Armenian residents, the Armenian facet does provocations that
induce the representatives of the Armenian residents to oppose the
proposal on holding the following dialogue in Baku, whereas placing
ahead 3 circumstances for the method. It appears that evidently the Armenian
facet has not tailored to Azerbaijan’s profitable dialogue with the
Armenian residents within the final two years on the development of the
new Lachin highway, the Sarsang reservoir and a in variety of different
instructions. The truth that the Armenian facet doesn’t conceal its
hostile perspective in the direction of the time period “reintegration” and describes
this idea as a problem to dialogue and peace, signifies its
intention to proceed its groundless territorial claims below new
kinds and new names. If the Armenian facet is desirous about peace in
the area, it ought to cease the makes an attempt to intrude with and
hinder resolute reintegration contacts of the central authorities
of Azerbaijan with the Armenian residents.

The makes an attempt of the Armenian Overseas Ministry to persuade the
worldwide neighborhood that this nation is just not a monoethnic state
will be thought of as Armenia’s first steps in the direction of understanding
that monoethnicity is definitely an anomaly within the multi-ethnic
Caucasus area. Relating to the claims of Armenia in opposition to the
success of Azerbaijan as a multinational state, allow us to be aware that it
is well-known that many ethnic peoples stay in circumstances of unity
and stability within the territory of Azerbaijan, and contribute to the
success of the state, and maintain a lot of excessive positions,
together with the membership on the Milli Majlis (Parliament). The
Armenian facet ought to perceive that the citizenship of the
Republic of Azerbaijan is a dedication together with the fitting.
Crucial circumstances to stay in Azerbaijan can be created for
Armenian residents, who settle for this.

Armenia ought to hand over its intention to make use of the ethnic
minorities within the territory of Azerbaijan in its unsuccessful and
insidious coverage, and as a substitute of trampling on the rights of
a whole bunch of 1000’s of Western Azerbaijan Group forcibly
evicted from their native lands within the present territory of
Armenia, and stopping dialogue with them in any respect prices, ought to
reply to calls of this neighborhood for dialogue with Armenia for
the aim of peaceable, dignified and secure return. Thus, the
sensible indicator that Armenia has given up the idea of
“ethnic incompatibility” and the “title of a mono-ethnic state
based mostly on ethnic cleaning,” and has chosen peaceable coexistence and
multiculturalism can solely be by creating circumstances for the members
of the Western Azerbaijan Group to return to their historic

Armenia, which ignored the calls and selections of worldwide
organizations to finish the occupation throughout the 30-year-long
occupation interval, also needs to cease its efforts to make use of the
worldwide organizations in its revanchist coverage in violation
of territorial integrity, and instantly cease makes an attempt to
intrude within the cooperation and relations of the Republic of
Azerbaijan with worldwide organizations.

Regardless of all unlawful intervention makes an attempt, blackmail and threats
by Armenia, Azerbaijan continues its cooperation with the
worldwide neighborhood, together with UN specialised organizations, in
course of finishing up large-scale restoration and
reconstruction work after ending the occupation of its territories,
and with the intention to make sure the secure and dignified return of internally
displaced individuals. We remind Armenia that the delegation of the UN
Excessive Commissioner for Refugees witnessed the large-scale
destruction attributable to Armenia within the territories of Azerbaijan
liberated from occupation in October 2021, together with within the
settlement of Sugovushan. In contrast to Armenia’s vandalism, Azerbaijan,
with its restoration and reconstruction work, proves that the true
house owners of the area have returned, and additional aggression makes an attempt
in these areas can be prevented. The exercise of worldwide
organizations within the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan will
proceed throughout the framework of the nationwide laws of
Azerbaijan, and interference within the inside affairs of Azerbaijan
won’t ever be allowed.

Relating to the false and deceptive claims of the Armenian MFA
relating to the implementation of the Trilateral Assertion, we might
wish to remind that Armenia, which refuses to meet the 4th, sixth
and ninth paragraphs of the assertion specifically and on the whole
by no means complies with worldwide agreements, has illegally
intruded its navy servicemen into the territory of Azerbaijan
and dedicated navy provocation in opposition to Azerbaijan solely two
weeks after the signing of the Trilateral Assertion. Regardless of the
makes an attempt by Armenia to current these detainees as prisoners of conflict,
these individuals weren’t acknowledged as prisoners of conflict, and the
Worldwide Courtroom of Justice in addition to the European Courtroom of
Human Rights rejected this declare and the demand for his or her launch.
Moreover, Armenian facet, opposite to the Trilateral Assertion,
has set to fireside a lot of homes, destroyed forests, planted
landmines and booby traps within the areas it was withdrawing from,
regardless of having been given a further timeline by Azerbaijan for
the withdrawal of the armed forces of Armenia from Aghdam, Kalbajar
and Lachin.

Opposite to the Trilateral Assertion, Armenia has not but totally
withdrawn its armed forces from the sovereign territories of
Azerbaijan, and regardless of its assurances whereas signing the Trilateral
Assertion, it continues to occupy a lot of settlements and
territories, together with 7 villages of Gazakh district and 1 village
of Sadarak district. The truth that Armenia proposes to prepare the
delimitation course of on the idea of Soviet maps and doesn’t
settle for these villages as settlements of Azerbaijan is a violation
and a sign of Armenia’s false intentions.

Apart from, Armenia carries out deployment of landmines and different
terror actions within the territories of Azerbaijan by transferring
newly produced landmines to the territories of Azerbaijan. The
preliminary denial by Armenia of the existence of landmine maps for 8
months, and it presenting unreliable landmine maps later as a
results of worldwide strain are well-known. Additionally it is recognized
that greater than 55% of the mine explosions within the territory of
Azerbaijan occurred in areas exterior the maps handed over by
Armenia. On account of these provocations of Armenia, after the
2020 Patriotic Struggle 286 individuals grew to become victims of landmines, of which
49 individuals, together with 3 journalists, had been killed. On the identical time,
it’s clear that Armenia, with all its efforts, has grossly
violated the Trilateral Assertion and prevented the opening of a
communication line that may guarantee unhindered motion from the
western areas of Azerbaijan to Nakhchivan.

It’s crystal clear that Armenia, which has resorted to
so-called “ethnic cleaning” and “genocide” tales to divert
consideration from these peace threatening steps, is in search of
additional provocations to persuade the worldwide neighborhood of its
false claims. The cruelty with which Armenia dedicated mass
killings in opposition to Azerbaijanis, killed 613 civilians in a single night time in
Khojaly and dedicated acts of genocide are additionally well-known. The
details that about 4,000 Azerbaijanis have gone lacking because of this
of the coverage of aggression in opposition to Azerbaijan, that Armenia has
refused to supply data on the lacking individuals, and {that a}
variety of mass graves have been found within the territories of
Azerbaijan liberated from occupation are unimaginable to disclaim.
Regardless of such an aggressive coverage of Armenia, Azerbaijan launched
many detainees, performed searches after the 2020 conflict, and handed
over greater than 1,700 Armenian our bodies to Armenia, in addition to almost
200 our bodies because of Armenian provocation in September 2022.
It appears that evidently Armenia has forgotten these measures taken by
Azerbaijan for humanitarian functions in good will and on a
unilateral foundation.

As soon as once more, we name on the political management of Armenia to
act responsibly, to chorus from provocations, statements, and
false rhetoric that undermine the alternatives for peace created
within the area after the 44-day conflict.”

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