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Azerbaijan calls on the international community to demand from Armenia to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through negotiation


September 29, 2013

Azerbaijan calls on the international community to demand from Armenia to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through negotiation

Azerbaijan calls on the international community to demand from Armenia to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through negotiation, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said delivering a speech at the UN General Assembly.

"Twenty years ago, in 1993, the United Nations Security Council adopted four resolutions - 822, 853, 874 and 884 - condemning the use of force against Azerbaijan and the occupation of its territories. In those resolutions the Council reaffirmed respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, reconfirmed that the Nagorno-Karabakh region is an integral part of Azerbaijan and demanded the immediate, full and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces from all the occupied territories", Minister said.

Principled Security Council demands, including in the first place the withdrawal of the occupying forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, have still not been implemented, and the mediation efforts conducted for more than 20 years within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have yet to yield results.

Armenia's continued annexationist claims and consistent measures it undertakes in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan with a view to further consolidating the current status quo of the occupation and preventing the return of hundreds of thousands internally displaced persons to their homelands represent an open challenge to the conflict resolution process and pose a serious threat to international and regional peace and security.

"Armenia's annexationist policy has absolutely no chance of success. The Nagorno-Karabakh region was, is and will be an inalienable part of Azerbaijan. The only way to achieve a durable and lasting solution and establish civilized relations between two neighboring States is to de-occupy Azerbaijani territories, fully re-establish the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and immediately provide for compliance with the inalienable right of refugees and internally displaced persons to return to their homes. That is what international law and the relevant Security Council resolutions require, and that is what that can in no way be introduced as a bargaining chip in the conflict-settlement process. Above all, Azerbaijan will never compromise its territorial integrity or the rights and freedoms of its citizens", Mammadyarov said.

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister stressed, that Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh will one day live side by side in peace and dignity in this region of Azerbaijan. It is therefore essential and vital to continue efforts for peace, accord and coexistence between the two communities of the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan consider these aspects as an important part of the entire reconciliation process, which should be given due attention.

"Azerbaijan highly appreciates the principled stance of the States Members of the United Nations expressed in various formats on issues of vital importance for Azerbaijan and pertaining to its sovereignty and territorial integrity. We count on the continued resolve of the international community in defending the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and its strong solidarity with the just position of Azerbaijan", Mammadyarov said.

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