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Gayane Ayvazyan: 'I don't want to hear fairy-tales about terrible Aliyev... Azerbaijani president spoke very competently'

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'I don't want to hear the fairy-tales about the terrible Aliyev, or to hear foreign policy texts in the spirit of 'Ararat is our mountain, our mountain, our mountain' [Armenian song - Ed] from the high rostra.' According to the publication Epress.am, a researcher of Matenadaran (Yerevan library of manuscripts) Gayane Ayvazyan writes about this, commenting on the statement of the President of Azerbaijan. Ilham Aliyev made at the Valdai summit in Russia.

'I read the reaction of the valiant Armenian press and the reaction of diplomats to Aliyev's statement in Sochi. He responded to two conflicting points put forward by Nikol Pashinyan: a. Karabakh is Armenia and that's that; b. Resolution of the issue should be acceptable for the peoples of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Nagorno-Karabakh. Aliyev, for his part, exclaimed, 'Karabakh is Azerbaijan.' The Armenian press mainly distributes this passage, provoking a lamentation and glee.

Armenian officials are demonising this, but it's natural to get an answer in the same vain as your own words. In the second part, which the Armenian press generally bypasses, he made a very reasonable remark to the prime minister of Armenia, saying that there is no people of Nagorno-Karabakh, there is a population of Nagorno-Karabakh, which consists of Armenian and Azerbaijani people with equal rights. This is a very competent wording, I want to hear the reaction of the Armenian side to this. I don't want to hear the fairy-tales about the terrible Aliyev, or to hear foreign policy texts in the spirit of 'Ararat is our mountain, our mountain, our mountain' from high rostra,' Ayvazyan wrote.

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