Azerbaijani Politics 10 may — 19:28

Ilham Aliyev asked question in Nakhchivan: Does this mean that statement signed with Armenia on November 10 has lost its force?

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'The Karabakh conflict has been resolved, Azerbaijan has resolved this conflict itself both on the battlefield and at the negotiating table. The victory won on the battlefield forced the enemy to raise the white flag, surrender and sign the act of surrender. The document signed on November 10 is an act of Armenia's surrender,' Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with Azerbaijani television.

'There is no territorial unit called Nagorno-Karabakh in the territory of Azerbaijan. The conflict has found its solution, and I believe that it is pointless to return to this question. In any case, we have shown this in the period since the war. First, if someone believes that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has not been resolved, this is his own problem. Second, this is a very dangerous approach. If this conflict is not resolved, what should be the settlement of this conflict? Does this mean that the statement signed on November 10 has expired? That is, I can understand it this way. On November 10, a document was signed on a de facto settlement of the conflict. This is not just a ceasefire document, although some would like to present it that way. Let them open their eyes, see how many clauses there are. There is only one clause in a ceasefire document - the ceasefire, and that's it. There are many clauses here. There are clauses that cover the solution of many issues, including the opening of communications. If the conflict is not resolved, what kind of communications can we talk about? If the conflict is not resolved, why do the deputy prime ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia meet and negotiate,' said the head of state.

The head of state reiterated that the conflict had been resolved.

'I think that the parties who have dealt with this issue, and those who would like to address this issue - I don’t know why - should take this into account. Because sometimes countries located very far from here, on the other side of the world, make statements in connection with our conflict or in connection with the processes taking place in Azerbaijan. It is unacceptable. For example, I can give the example of Canada. Recently I was informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada is making a statement in connection with Azerbaijan, our internal affairs. What right do they have? Who gave them this right? Who does Canada consider itself to be? Maybe it's a superpower we didn't know about. This is probably the second Luxembourg, you see, a second superpower emerged, but we did not know about it. Let them mind their own business,' said the president.

'I also reject the statement of the French Foreign Ministry. It is unacceptable. We have repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the French side so that they leave us alone. Go, mind your own business. Or the president of the French Senate comes to Yerevan, where he makes a statement that the French Senate recognises Nagorno-Karabakh. When we address this issue to the French government bodies, express our protest, we are told: do not pay attention, this is a legislative body, this does not reflect the position of the authorities. Well, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, does it not reflect the government's position either? What are these statements? Let them go and mind their own business. An end should be put to the dirty campaign against Azerbaijan in connection with the War Trophies Park. The French museum displays the skulls of the slain leaders of the Algerian National Resistance Movement. Go look in the mirror - how many times I have to say this. I have to say this to foreign journalists, I have to say this to foreign politicians. And I will speak, I will not be silent. Let them go mind their business. They themselves are drowning in problems. They have thousands of problems,' said the head of state.

Ilham Aliyev stressed that all processes in Azerbaijan are going in a positive direction.

'I want to say once again that if all countries mind their business and do not try to interfere in our affairs, all things will go well and there will be no problems in our relations,' said the President of Azerbaijan.

'As for what some politicians say about the status of Nagorno-Karabakh, it means they are talking about a non-existent structure. I also said that if someone wants to give the Armenians living in our territory a status, I do not mind, but let him choose a good place for them in his country. These places have long been captured by the Armenian diaspora. Let them give them autonomy or independence there. But not in Azerbaijan. This will not happen in Azerbaijan. No matter who says what. Therefore, I advise you not to make any statements about either status or conflict, so as not to unnerve us and not to strain our relationship. If they make statements, they will receive their answer,' the head of state emphasised.

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