President Ilham Aliyev has said that Nikol Pashinyan’s regime is a threat to regional peace as Armenia has stepped up new provocation against Azerbaijan.
Aliyev made the remarks while receiving credentials of the newly appointed Ambassador of Pakistan Bilal Hayee on September 29.
“Two years ago, the criminal regime of the previous [Armenian] government was overthrown. There were hopes that the new government would put an end to hostility and hatred. Unfortunately, the new government is following the same path. Pashinyan's dictatorial regime is a threat to peace and security in the region. Unfortunately, international organizations are turning a blind eye to what the Pashinyan regime is doing,” Aliyev said.
Aliyev reminded that Armenia launched similar military attack on the Azerbaijani border in July, killing Azerbaijani servicemen and a civilian. He also spoke about Armenia’s sabotage attempt on 23 August, when Armenia sent a sabotage group to Azerbaijan. The head of the sabotage group was arrested and said in his statements that the main target was to attack civilians, commit acts of terror and attack Azerbaijani servicemen, Aliyev said.
President Aliyev said that the military provocation on the line of contact on 27 September was the continuation of Armenia’s aggressive policy.
“We saw them preparing for war. My remarks, statements, interviews and speech at the UN General Assembly a few days before the new aggression were a signal to the international community to stop Armenia. I said that Armenia was clearly preparing for a new war and should be stopped, and so it happened.”
Aliyev spoke about the Azerbaijani Army’s ongoing successful counter-offensive operation on the line of contact in response to the Armenian attack on Azerbaijani villages and military positions on September 27.
“So far, the Armenian armed forces have killed 10 civilians, including a family of five, among them two children. More than 20 civilians have been injured. This once again demonstrates the fascist nature of the Armenian criminal regime. This time we will teach them another lesson. We have already taught them a lesson and this process will be continued. The Azerbaijani Army has launched a counter-offensive. Some occupied territories have been liberated as a result of the counterattack.”
“We are fighting on our own land. Nagorno-Karabakh is a historical part of Azerbaijan. Nagorno-Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan and the international community recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” the president stressed.
President Aliyev reminded that Pashinyan has committed series of provocations such as declaring that “Karabakh is Armenia”, attempting to change the format of negotiations, illegally settling Armenians from Lebanon to the occupied territories, organizing military training in the occupied territories.
“They organize the so-called swearing-in ceremony for the fake leader of the criminal regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, in Shusha, which is an ancient city of Azerbaijan. They decide to move the so-called parliament of the criminal junta of Nagorno-Karabakh to Shusha and think that we will tolerate that. This is a direct insult to the feelings of the Azerbaijani people. We will never agree to this and show them their place. If the international community cannot stop this mindless dictator, Azerbaijan will stop him,” Aliyev said.
The president said that the international community tolerates injustice and occupation, countries with a mandate to create conditions for negotiations fail to achieve their goals.
“Armenia is not paying any attention to their statements. The presidents of the Minsk Group co-chairs have repeatedly stated that the status quo is unacceptable, but Armenia ignores this and shows disrespect for these three countries. There are four UN Security Council resolutions calling for the full and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from our territories. Armenia has been ignoring these resolutions for almost 30 years, and now their defense minister says there will be a new war against Azerbaijan for new territories.”
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