Azerbaijani FM meets with heads of leading think tanks in Austria

  25 May 2021    Read: 335
  Azerbaijani FM meets with heads of leading think tanks in Austria

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s Chief Jeyhun Bayramov met heads of leading think tanks of Austria during his working visit to the country, reports on May 25 referring to a source in the ministry.

According to the source, Bayramov informed the meeting participants about the occupation policy of Armenia and its consequences, military provocations against Azerbaijan, the conduct of a counter-offensive operation in response to them and the liberation of the previously occupied territories of Azerbaijan following the Second Karabakh war (from late Sept. to early Nov.2020), as well as about the new situation that arose in the region after the conflict.

Besides, he spoke about the trilateral statement of Nov.10, 2020 and issues related to its clauses’ implementation, the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia with the elimination of the occupation factor, as well as the possibilities of cooperation and sustainable development in the region, the process of restoration, reconstruction and reintegration in the liberated territories.

The minister also touched upon the problems that impede the implementation of the trilateral statement and threaten the opportunities for cooperation in the region. In this context, Armenia's attempts to secretly transfer troops to the territory of Azerbaijan, its refusal to provide maps of minefields, statements of official Yerevan reflecting revanchist sentiments and hatred towards Azerbaijan, as well as other aspects were emphasized.

At the end of the event, Bayramov answered numerous questions from the meeting participants.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were introduced on Nov. 10, 2020.

Following the liberation of its lands, Azerbaijan from Nov. 2020 started carrying out operations on clearing its lands from mines, booby traps, and various weapons left behind by the Armenian troops.

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