Shavarsh Kocharyan: Baku laid the ground for the Karabakh conflict, not its settlement

“Baku has laid the ground for the military conflict between Azerbaijan and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, not the ground for resolution of the conflict,” Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told Armenpress. The comments come after Azerbaijani President declared yesterday that they have already “laid all the necessary diplomatic and legal grounds for the resolution of the conflict.”

“Baku laid the ground for the genocidal policy, which found its expression in the mass killing of the Armenian population on the territory of Azerbaijan, the ground for ethnic cleansing in and around Nagorno Karabakh, unleashing a large-scale military aggression against the Nagorno Karabakh Republic,” the Deputy Foreign Minister said.

According to Kocharyan, the only step Azerbaijan took towards the resolution of the conflict was Heydar Aliyev’s 1993 directive to Parliament’s Deputy Speaker Afiyaddin Jalilov to organize a meeting between the high-ranking officials of Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh

“The meeting between Heydar Aliyev and the leader of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in Moscow on September 25, 1993, laid the ground for the conclusion of the ceasefire agreement between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan, which Armenia also joined. The incumbent President of Azerbaijan cannot but understand that by recognizing NKR at least as a party to the talks Azerbaijan (in the face of his father) contributed to the only real progress in the negotiation process,” the Deputy FM said.

He added that “the incumbent President of Azerbaijan not only torpedoes the process of settlement of the Karabakh issue with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group, but also lays the ground for a new military conflict by laying claims on Armenian lands.”

According to Kocharyan, all this pursues only one purpose – to preserve the authoritarian and corrupt regime by void attempts to unite the Azerbaijani society around dissemination of hatred towards Armenians.

“The consequences of such bellicose policy are well known, new adventurism in that direction will have tragic consequences first of all for Azerbaijan.”

According to him, the Azerbaijani leadership fails to understand that “the power of the state is in the love for its own people, not the hatred towards the neighboring country.”

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