Azerbaijani Politics 31 july — 09:23

Ilham Aliyev to Armenian government: 'Try to recognise independence of "NKR"! Just try it!'

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'I was recently informed that the prime minister of Armenia had put forward seven conditions before Azerbaijan. I believe that any reasonable person understands that none of these conditions is acceptable.' Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said this at the opening of the ASAN Xidmət regional centre in Balaken, Azerbaijan State News Agency informs.

'One of the conditions is that Azerbaijan negotiates with the separatist "Nagorno-Karabakh republic." It's impossible. We have stated this many times. Because there is no "Nagorno-Karabakh republic." Nobody recognises such a "republic." If Armenia has enough courage, let it recognise the "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic." I say. Government of Armenia, recognise it! Recognise it today; if you don't recognise it, then you are afraid. Go and get hold of your mind. There will be no negotiations with the criminal regime. Therefore, they must initially understand that this is completely unacceptable. Other conditions are also similar to this one. By putting forward unacceptable conditions, Armenia actually destroys the negotiation process and wants to change the format of the negotiations. Because negotiations are underway between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

This is an open position of the Minsk Group and its co-chairs. This position was repeatedly brought to them both officially and behind closed doors. But look at them, they again put forward this condition that Azerbaijan should negotiate with the "Nagorno-Karabakh republic." There is no "Nagorno-Karabakh republic." Let the Armenian people not engage in self-deception. We reject other conditions and throw this paper into the trash bin. But let the Armenian people think well. If they want to continue living as hostages of criminals, then let them turn a blind eye to the stupid and dangerous steps of the current authorities. In 1998-2018 the Armenian people have been hostages of the criminal regime. And now they are hostages of the Soros regime,' said the president.

Ilham Aliyev noted that the Armenians must understand that there will be no peace if their armed forces do not leave the Azerbaijani lands.

'Before it's too late, the Armenian armed forces must leave our lands. This is required by international law, four resolutions of the UN Security Council. The Armenian armed forces must immediately and without preconditions leave the Azerbaijani lands. This is required by historical truth. Because Nagorno-Karabakh is our historical land. The prime minister of Armenia says that "Nagorno-Karabakh is Armenia." What kind of negotiations can we talk about after that? The main essence of the negotiations is to liberate the occupied territories. We need to negotiate around this. We have never held negotiations on granting independence to the "Nagorno-Karabakh republic." Never! It was never negotiated. I have never spoken at all and I do not think to talk about it. We are negotiating when and in what sequence the occupied territories will be liberated. If the prime minister of Armenia says that “Nagorno-Karabakh is Armenia,” if he says that “we want to negotiate with the Nagorno-Karabakh republic,” then it means that he destroys the negotiation process. Before these seven conditions, I put one condition: the Armenian armed forces must be withdrawn from all the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored, the citizens of Azerbaijan must return to their native lands. This is my condition and I advise that they accept this condition. We will return to our homelands and we will establish ASAN centres in our cities that are occupied today. Our youth will work in these centres. We will restore cities, historical and cultural centres destroyed by Armenian vandals, and we will live on our land. We do not need the lands of other countries, but we will not give our lands to anyone either,' said Ilham Aliyev.

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