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Deputy PM: Azerbaijan should rely only on itself, its strength in settlement of Karabakh conflict

20 October 2017 [18:11] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Rashid Shirinov

Azerbaijan should rely only on itself and its strength in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ali Hasanov, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister and the Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, said on October 19.

He noted that the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a priority issue for Azerbaijan.

“Our main task is the resolution of this issue in a short time based on the norms and principles of international law and within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” he said.

Speaking about the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly held in New York, Hasanov said that the unfounded thoughts in the speech of the Armenian Serzh Sargsyan, as always, aroused laughter and caused great concern in Armenia itself.

“By this speech, the Armenian President disgraced himself before the whole world community. But the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, in his evidence-based speech from the UN rostrum, brought to the attention of the international community the information about the activities of the criminal regime of Armenia over the past 25 years,” the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war.

Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994 but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the Azerbaijani territories.


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