Caucasus Reality 12 october — 12:30

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry: Pashinyan turns blind eye to ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis

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In the speech of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at the opening of the Francophony event, as well as in his speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, false and far from the truth statements were made on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Such rhetoric is completely at odds with the spirit of the conversation held in Dushanbe between the President of Azerbaijan and the Armenian PM, Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan told Azeri Daily.

'If the prime minister of Armenia wants to be truthful, Azerbaijan calls on him to be fair and recognise the violation of the fundamental rights of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis who were forcibly expelled from their homes in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent regions of Azerbaijan,' the commentary says.

It is noted that, by purposefully calling the Armenian community 'the people of Nagorno-Karabakh' the Armenian PM closes his eyes to ethnic cleansing against the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. 'If the leadership of Armenia calls itself democratic and talks about creating peaceful conditions, it should act in accordance with democratic values and the rule of law and create an opportunity for refugees to return to their homes, should withdraw its armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, as required by the UN Security Council resolutions and decisions of other international organisations,' the commentary says.

The commentary also emphasises that until real steps are taken that will ensure the safe and dignified return of the forcibly expelled Azerbaijanis to their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas, which will put an end to the occupation of Azerbaijani lands peace talks will remain just words.

'Armenia should act in accordance with its obligations and position of the international community, constructively participate in the negotiations aimed at the earliest peaceful settlement of the conflict and the unconditional withdrawal of its troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Only after that a sustainable peace can be secured in the region,' the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s commentary notes.

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