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Azerbaijan ready for substantial talks as proposed by OSCE MG co-chairs (UPDATE)



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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 4

Trend:

After the election in Armenia, Azerbaijan stands ready for substantial and intensive negotiations as proposed and supported by OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev said in an interview with EURACTIV Dec. 4.

'On 11 November, the world marked the centenary of the end of the First World War,' he said. 'Lessons learned from the First and Second World Wars are that the use of force against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states have terrible consequences. Therefore, attempts to change the internationally recognized borders of states are inadmissible.'

'If Armenia's new government intends to build a civilized state and provide a decent living for the Armenian population, it must comply with Armenia's international commitments and withdraw its troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan as demanded by the four UN Security Council resolutions on this issue,' he noted. 'Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs) should return to their homes and justice must be provided.'

'Armenia should learn to live in peace with neighboring countries without military aggression and territorial claims and cease its self-isolation,' he added. 'Thereafter, the military risk factor can be eliminated, the status-quo of occupation can be changed and opportunities for a political settlement of the conflict may arise.'

Hajiyev also commented on the talks held between President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on the sidelines of the CIS heads of state meeting in Dushanbe in September this year.

'As a result, Azerbaijan once again demonstrated its constructive position and strong determination to resolve the conflict through negotiations,' Hajiyev said.

'In Dushanbe, verbal agreement was reached to strengthen the ceasefire regime, to establish communications at low-levels and ensuring commitment to negotiations,' he noted. 'After the election in Armenia, Azerbaijan stands ready for substantial and intensive negotiations as proposed and supported by OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. But, unfortunately, contrary to Azerbaijan's goodwill and constructive position, Armenia continues its illegal activities in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, which are completely detrimental to establishing an environment conducive for negotiations.'

Hajiyev went on to add that Armenia pursues the policy of annexation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan with illegal activities and in this way attempts to strengthen the status quo of occupation.

'Particularly disturbing is the settlement of Armenians from Syria to occupied territories and artificially changing the demographic situation in the seized lands,' he said. 'According to the humanitarian law and Geneva Conventions, illegal activities in the occupied lands are forbidden. Exploitation of mineral resources of the occupied territories and their export without due diligence and transparency to OECD countries is yet another matter of serious concern. Armenia also destroys the centuries-old cultural heritage of Azerbaijani people in the seized lands. Some of them cannot be restored any longer.'

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