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BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 17. The
Azerbaijani side will take all necessary steps within the framework
of international law against any provocation by Armenia, Aykhan
Hajizada, Spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said,
He made the remark, speaking on the false
anti-Azerbaijani statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Armenia dated March 16.
'Presenting the facts of purposeful destruction of
hundreds of our cities and villages, historical and religious
monuments by Armenia during the 30-year occupation; the plundering
of our natural resources; the disappearance of nearly 4,000 of our
citizens and the discovery of mass graves; Armenia's continued mine
threats; failure to completely remove the Armenian armed forces
from the territories of Azerbaijan contrary to territorial
integrity and sovereignty, as well as commitments undertaken within
the Trilateral Statement; obstructing the opening of the Zangazur
corridor; ethnic cleansing against the Azerbaijani population in
Armenia and the demand for the safe and dignified return of the
Western Azerbaijan Community to their native lands, as a
'territorial claim' and 'preparation for aggression' against
Armenia, is completely groundless,' he said.
According to Hajizada, similarly, for the Armenian
side, which both during the Soviet period and since the 1990s
purposefully changed thousands of Azerbaijani toponyms, destroyed
traces of Azerbaijan on the territory of Armenia, demolished
historical monuments, thereby carrying out“Armenization” of the
historical lands of Azerbaijan, to present Azerbaijan's use of the
term Western Azerbaijan Community as a violation of international
law, is hypocrisy.
'Armenia, which plundered 9 cities and hundreds of
villages during nearly 30-year occupation period, carried out
ethnic cleansing against almost 1 million Azerbaijanis, deprived
them of the right to return to their homes, has no moral right to
talk about the rights of internally displaced persons and refugees
after Azerbaijan liberated its native lands and restored these
territories,' he added.
Hajizada noted that Azerbaijan is already taking steps
towards the reintegration of Armenian residents living on its
territory. Azerbaijan conducts a dialogue with Armenian residents
and as a goodwill step has proposed to hold the next meeting in
On the contrary, the Armenian side completely rejected
the dialogue proposal of the Western Azerbaijan Community. This is
an indication that Armenia is not interested in peace and stability
in the region.
'Azerbaijani side will take all necessary steps within
the framework of international law against any provocation by
Armenia,' he concluded.
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