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A call by Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan to resolve
the situation around the Lachin road militarily is a serious
threat, Azernews reports per the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
The ministry made the remarks in a statement in response to the
Armenian foreign minister's remarks at the European Parliament's
Foreign Relations Committee on January 24.
Official Baku classified the remarks of the Armenian official as
a vivid example of hypocrisy.
“Armenian leaders are not calling to war for the first time.
Back in 2019, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that
`Karabakh is Armenia' and former Defense Minister Tonoyan announced
a `new war for new lands'. Foreign Minister Mirzoyan's proposal for
a military solution shows that Armenia has not learned a lesson
from history and still does not realize the consequences of the
occupation of Azerbaijani territories for 30 years. It is necessary
to prevent this adventure of the Armenian side,” the ministry
Further, the ministry emphasized that Azerbaijan has numerously
presented irrefutable evidence of a gross violation of the
obligations that Armenia agreed to, such as the incomplete
withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijani
territories, the ongoing illegalities there, the misuse of the
Lachin road and the rotation of military personnel, the persistence
of the mine threat in Azerbaijan, the illegal exploitation of
natural resources, the creation of conditions for the illegal
passage of citizens of third countries to Azerbaijan's territory
and others. The ministry noted that these facts have not received
due attention and condemnation, which encourages Armenia.
“At the same time, it is clear that the latest remarks of the
Armenian foreign minister were inspired by incorrect, bellicose,
and revenge-inciting statements of a number of international
circles on the situation around the Lachin road,” the statement
The statement pointed out the absurdity of the fact that
Armenia, which has been carrying out military aggression and
massacres against Azerbaijan's internationally recognized
territories, refers to the norms of international law, appeals to
international organizations and calls for intervention after
Azerbaijan liberated its own lands.
The ministry refuted Mirzoyan's comments about Armenia's
commitment to the trilateral statement, noting that Armenia did not
respond to Azerbaijan's appeals for months after the proposal of
the peace treaty, as well as did not take practical steps to
advance the process, and constantly slowed down the process under
Besides, the ministry reiterated that Armenia's remarks about
Azerbaijan's alleged demands for an 'extraterritorial corridor' are
“We remind you once again that, according to paragraph 9 of the
tripartite statement, Armenia is obliged to `establish transport
links between the western regions of Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan
Autonomous Republic in order to organize the unhindered movement of
citizens, vehicles, and goods in both directions'. Armenia has
agreed to ensure unhindered movement within its territory and must
fulfill this obligation. It is surprising that Armenia, which still
holds under occupation 8 villages and dozens of sq. km. of
Azerbaijani lands, declares that Azerbaijan is not committed to the
delimitation process,” the statement underlined.
The ministry further added that it is unacceptable that a
country that has built its national policy on the basis of hatred
towards Azerbaijanis and Turks and demonstrates this in all its
actions, in general, destroyed and deported all ethnicities from
its territory, accuses Azerbaijan of hatred towards Armenians.
Talking about Azerbaijan's goal being“ethnic cleansing” and
“deportation”, the ministry recalled that Armenia, which has
committed such crimes for decades, has no moral basis to talk about
The ministry reiterated that the peaceful picketing on the
sovereign territory of Azerbaijan on the Lachin road against the
illicit exploitation of Azerbaijan's natural resources is the
legitimate right of the people of Azerbaijan. The illegal
activities in the Azerbaijani territories, where Armenian residents
live, pose a threat to the national security of Azerbaijan, and
such activities must be stopped, the ministry added.
“Azerbaijan will continue to take all necessary measures to
protect its national interests and security,' the statement