By Abdul Kerimkhanov
Armenia keeps tension high in the South-Caucasus region, as the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains to be a major threat for security in the region. Armenia yet supports separatist regime created in the internationally recognized lands of Azerbaijan, that hampers finding solution for many years. to a long lingering conflict.
The position of Azerbaijan on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict from the very beginning of the negotiations to this day remains unchanged, Leyla Abdullayeva, the spokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, said at an international forum on regional threats from Armenia.
The spokesperson stressed that Azerbaijan takes a principled position on the conflict. She noted that ensuring sovereignty and territorial integrity within the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan is one of the priorities of the country's foreign policy.
Abdullayeva recalled that Azerbaijan and Armenia are direct participants in the conflict. She pointed out that territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is recognized by all countries of the world, excluding Armenia.
She mentioned that the main goal of the ongoing negotiations is the liberation of the occupied Azerbaijani lands and the return of the internally displaced persons to their homes.
The spokesperson reminded that after the change of power in Armenia, several meetings took place on the issue of resolving the conflict at the leadership level of the two countries and foreign ministers.
In turn, Samad Seyidov, head of the Azerbaijani parliamentary committee on international relations and interparliamentary ties and the head of the permanent delegation of Azerbaijan to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), said that Armenia is unleashing an information war today, trying to mislead the international community.
He noted that the policy pursued by Armenia is dangerous. Seyidov considers that the current Armenian leadership has some specific features.
"The individuals who came to power in Armenia managed to do this due to the problems formed by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Pashinyan took advantage of corruption, demographic problems, economic failures in order to come to power," Seyidov stressed at the international forum.
Seyidov mentioned that for the first time in the history of the country, a man rose up on the wave of the struggle against Armenia’s Karabakh clan. He added that for the first time, a person in power avoids responsibility for Nagorno-Karabakh and does not want to carry it by himself.
"Pashinyan is trying to earn dividends by distancing himself from the conflict. Attempts to change the negotiations format and other steps in different directions indicate this," head of the Azerbaijani parliamentary committee noted.
Seyidov noted that nevertheless, all of these things failed to bring the desired results for the Armenian authorities.
"Having suffered a complete defeat in all directions, they resorted to an information war," he concluded.
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, in 1992 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. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
Abdul Kerimkhanov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @AbdulKerim94
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