President Aliyev: Armenia pursues policy of illegal settlement in occupied Azerbaijani territories

  25 June 2020    Read: 2700
 President Aliyev: Armenia pursues policy of illegal settlement in occupied Azerbaijani territories

Armenia is pursuing a policy of illegal settlement in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.

The head of state made the remarks during the opening of a military unit of the Defense Ministry on Thursday, reports.

The Azerbaijani president said he had repeatedly expressed his views on Armenia’s policy of illegal settlement, especially during international events.

“I also paid attention to this issue during the recent Eastern Partnership Summit. We raise and will continue to raise this issue in all international organizations,” said President Aliyev, calling on the international community to put an end to the illegal settlement in the occupied Azerbaijani territories.

He also urged the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to pay special attention to this issue. “…because this is Armenia’s policy. They [Armenians] first renamed our cities in the territory of present-day Armenia, and are currently doing this in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas. They drew so-called “borderlines” there, destroying our historical past, mosques. They are intending to armenize our historical monuments and lands,” the head of state added.

President Aliyev reiterated Azerbaijan’s firm position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, vowing that the country ‘will not take back from it.’

“Today, international organizations have begun to emphasize the principle of territorial integrity. Many world leaders who addressed the recent Eastern Partnership Summit have clarified this issue. The principle of territorial integrity is superior to the principle of peoples’ self-determination. Let no one doubt it. When it comes to Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the principle of self-determination does not work, because the Armenian people have once exercised their right to self-determination,” he said.

The head of state added that Azerbaijan will not allow the creation of a second Armenian state on its lands.   

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