The Community of Western Azerbaijan (historical lands of Azerbaijan located in modern-day Armenia’s territory), has issued a statement regarding the Armenian Foreign Ministry's biased statement on the issue of West Azerbaijan, AzVision.az reports citing the Community.
According to the Community, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia tried to present the statement made by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the Organization of Turkic States on March 16, 2023, regarding the issue of Western Azerbaijan in a misleading context and tried to infringe on our right to return peacefully, with dignity and in safety.
"First of all, we would like to thank the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, for his political support for the peaceful return of Azerbaijanis expelled from Western Azerbaijan, and for voicing this issue from the podium of prestigious international formats," said the statement.
Regarding the term Western Azerbaijan objected to by the Armenian government, the Community noted that considering the fact that Azerbaijanis were the majority in that region until recently and that more than 95 percent of the toponyms and hydronyms there recorded until recent times are of Azerbaijani origin, the use of this expression is well justified.
"In particular, given the fact that all Azerbaijanis, the lawful inhabitants of that area, were forced out of their homes through ethnic cleansing, it is the duty of all mankind to use this term as a way of rejecting that crime against humanity," the statement added.
In the Concept of the Return of the Community, the Republic of Armenia established in that area is regarded as the legal and political reality, and the approach based on reconciliation and reintegration is taken as the basis.
"As we also mentioned in our letter to the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, our demands for the peaceful return to our homes should not be misinterpreted or mispresented as being detrimental to the territorial integrity or sovereignty of Armenia," the Community said.
According to the Community of Western Azerbaijan, in this case, the Government of Armenia had better explain using expressions such as "Artsakh government", "Artsakh people", and "Artsakh army".
"Finally, we once again call on the Government of Armenia to create conditions for the peaceful, safe, and dignified return of expelled Azerbaijanis, who are lawful inhabitants of that territory, within the framework of a legally binding international agreement with verification and guarantee mechanisms, and to respond to our dialogue request for this," the Community concluded.