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Zardusht Alizadeh warns: Popular Front is preparing for a new coup and bloody events (Sensational article)

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'For the full return of 25 per cent of the territory, the Azerbaijani state must pursue a reasonable, balanced and verified policy. If Azerbaijan does not pursue such a policy, the threat of repeated loss of not only this 25 per cent, but of the entire Karabakh may be quite real, as it did happen in the early 1990s,' writes in his programme article one of the founders of the Popular Front of Azerbaijan (PFA), former leader of the Social Democratic Party, presidential candidate, well-known oppositionist and political scientist Zardusht Alizadeh.

The day before, Z. Alizadeh's article was published on the pages of the opposition Internet publication Meydan TV.

Zardusht Alizadeh believes that the PFA wants a repeat of the events of January 20

'Is there an Azerbaijani who does not understand this simple truth?' asks Z. Alizadeh. 'Unfortunately, there are such, and their number is growing day by day. Why is it growing? Because the traditional opposition, after a complete defeat in a real political struggle, emigrated to the virtual world, opened a large number of Internet channels there and demands that the Russian peacekeepers leave Nagorno-Karabakh. In the real world, they collect signatures, write articles, talk about the de facto loss of Karabakh, create an Assembly mourning the "defeat of Azerbaijan." And numerous users who have learned to use the Internet and consider it the pinnacle of modern knowledge demonstrate solidarity with this opinion.'

Z. Alizadeh is extremely surprised by this metamorphosis and the desire of the opposition to pass off the victory of the Azerbaijani Army in Karabakh as a defeat: 'Why? Thirty years have passed since the start of the national movement, why hasn't the traditional opposition and its henchmen grown wiser over this long time? The reason for this is clear.

They are again striving for power, want to slander the country's leader, try to discredit him, want to show him wrong, even if he is right. Their traditional methods of political struggle are lies, slander and libel.

Once they have already followed this path and nearly destroyed Azerbaijan. Apparently they want to do it again.'

At the same time, Zardusht Alizadeh specifically points out in his article that he is completely far from supporting President Ilham Aliyev: 'Anyone who does not believe it can read dozens of my critical articles over the past 25 years about the policy of the Aliyev administration.'

However: according to Z. Alizadeh, unlike the leaders of the traditional opposition, he can separate government from the state, which was not inherent in the PFA-Musavat tandem, which is ready to destroy the state for the sake of power: 'That is why I say that the current Karabakh policy of Ilham Aliyev is correct and step by step leads our people to absolute victory,' writes the well-known publicist.

Z. Alizadeh believes that with their speeches the new leaders of the PFA repeat the betrayals of their leader towards the Azerbaijani people

'The statement of November 10, 2020 is in the interests of Azerbaijan. Neither the traditional opposition, nor the black-hundreds who fell under their influence have read hundreds of my articles on the Karabakh theme over the past 30 years.

Prior to the Statement of November 10, at the first stage of the Karabakh war, the UN Security Council discussed a draft resolution supported by France, the United States and Russia. The essence of the project was for Azerbaijan to immediately stop hostilities. During the discussions, it became clear that true intentions were far-reaching. If Azerbaijan had not stopped the war immediately, the co-chair countries would have submitted for discussion a new draft resolution revising the previous ones adopted in favour of Azerbaijan in the early 1990s. That is, if a new draft resolution were adopted, the UN Security Council would not recognise Azerbaijan's sovereignty over Karabakh, as it did before.

Fortunately, at that moment this was avoided, Britain and the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council - members of the Non-Aligned Movement - prevented this attempt. The threat subsided temporarily, but did not end. It became clear that the military-political situation in the South Caucasus could suddenly change to the detriment of the interests of Azerbaijan, in favour of Armenia. For this, it was enough for the Azerbaijani Army to enter Khankendi, in order to create a stir in the world media about the "new Armenian genocide," to send Russian troops into Karabakh from the base in Gyumri. Naturally, a crisis in the region would lead to a large-scale regional war.

The calamities that befell Azerbaijan in 1988-1993 have incontestably proved the low intelligence and irresponsibility of the traditional opposition. Otherwise they would not have found themselves in such a situation.

If they now call on Azerbaijan to denounce the Statement of November 10, and if there are forces in society that support them, then, apparently, they have no idea what will happen next. How could they not have understood what had been happening in Baku between January 1 and 19, 1990, and ignored my warnings about the impending bloody tragedy.'

According to Z. Alizadeh, if the proposals of 'these irresponsible and illiterate figures' are accepted, it is not so difficult to imagine the troubles that will fall on Azerbaijan.

Oppositionist admits that by his policy Ilham Aliyev is leading Azerbaijan to absolute victory

'Let's say, officially Azerbaijan demands the withdrawal of Russian troops from Karabakh. Russia, in turn, agrees and withdraws its troops in a month. After all, it took almost a month for the deployment. Azerbaijan approves the same deadline for the withdrawal of troops... A day later, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs - France, Russia and the United States - will submit to the UN Security Council a draft resolution on the danger of genocide of the Armenian population in Nagorno-Karabakh. Of course, it will be asked to recognise the independence of the separatist republic. And the Azerbaijani government will be warned by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on punishment measures in case of violation of the resolution.

I have no doubt that four states - permanent members of the Security Council will vote for this resolution. And China will abstain. After that, the international community will launch the Kosovo mechanism for recognising the separatist entity. This is not my prediction, this is a likely scenario of events in the case of an attempt by the traditional opposition to overthrow the Azerbaijani government.

The opposition longs for a repeat of the events of 20 January. Let me remind you that immediately after the bloody January events, ex-speaker Rasul Guliyev and the now deceased professor Chapay Sultanov went to Bejan Farzaliyev's apartment, where the chairman of the PFA Abulfaz Elchibey was hiding. The leader of the frontists ran frantically through the apartment, loudly repeating: "I did not think that so many people would die." Let me remind you that during the bloody events in Baku, 131 people died, and 7 people died in Lankaran and Neftchala.

The question arises: how many people should have died in Elchibey's view to overthrow the then leader of the country Abdurrahman Vezirov?

So now I am addressing the opposition thirsting for power and the "political scientists" who support it with the question: how many human victims and territorial losses should Azerbaijan suffer in order for you to return to power?

Suppose the opposition leaders want to repeat their betrayal in every possible way, but why have modern citizens of modern Azerbaijan - Internet users - lost their minds?

30 years have passed, over these 30 years the world has changed a lot, but why haven't you, the supporters of this opposition, changed over this time? In 1990, one could make a mistake and believe in the heroism of the leaders of the Popular Front, for their masks were not torn off, but after all their betrayals, one can realise their essence, right?

Difficult games are unfolding around Karabakh, Azerbaijan and Armenia, the South Caucasus; and, of course, Azerbaijan has managed to unfold this game in its favour. And at this time, the ignorant power-grabbers, becoming involved in these games, are trying to cast a shadow over our victory, to turn victory into defeat. How can we assess this? People, be vigilant, traitors do not calm down, they are still muddying the waters,' Zardusht Alizade's article is quoted by Azeri Daily.

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