The remarks the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson made on February 15 with regard to the statement made by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev at the 6th Congress of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) on February 15 was controversial, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry told Dailykarabakh.
“Taking into account the strategic partnership and high-level dialogue between Azerbaijan and Russia, we do not consider it appropriate to comment on the statement of the head of state in this manner,” Hajiyev noted.
The spokesman said the policy being pursued by President Ilham Aliyev serves to ensure regional peace and security, strengthening regional cooperation and eliminating potential regional risks.
"During the 6th Congress of the New Azerbaijan Party, the Azerbaijani president talked about the return of the Azerbaijanis to their historical lands, rather than the return of Azerbaijan’s historical lands. The speech of the head of state has been widely disseminated in various languages, including Russian,” he said.
Hajiyev noted that the mass exodus of Azerbaijanis from Armenia at various times in history, especially in the late 1980s, as well as the destruction of the material-cultural heritage of the indigenous Azerbaijani population in Armenia, has been proven through historical facts and documents.
“Why should the peaceful return of the Azerbaijani people to their historical lands bother someone? Ensuring the return of people to their native lands and places of permanent residence is indicated as one of the fundamental rights by resolutions of the UN and relevant international organizations, as well as OSCE documents related to the settlement of various conflicts. In accordance with UN Security Council’s resolutions, one of the important components of the process of resolving the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is ensuring the return of more than a million Azerbaijanis, who were subjected to ethnic cleansing, to their historical lands,” he said.
Armenia’s continuation of the occupation of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding seven districts and Armenia’s groundless territorial claims against Azerbaijan and other neighboring countries seriously threaten regional security and peace, and aggravate the situation, the spokesman stressed.
He went on to say that Armenia, in contravention of international humanitarian law, continues resettlement of ethnic Armenians from Syria in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories.
“Armenia’s political leadership in public speeches makes territorial claims against Nakhcivan and other Azerbaijani lands, saying that for the sake of the myth of “great Armenia” they should join wars in order to gain new territories. Armenia’s territorial claims against neighboring states found their confirmation in the Armenian constitution. Along with this, Armenia makes territorial claims against all its neighbors on the basis of the contradictory mythical ideology of “Armenian Highland”,” he said.
“We consider that when commenting on a certain issue, one should clearly understand its essence and should not be deduced from the context, and should not refer to the distortions and misinformation of the Armenian media and politicians, but to an authentic source,” the spokesman added. /APA/