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“Azerbaijan’s position in the resolution of Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict over Nagorno Karabakh is unambiguous. This position is based both on the historical justice and international law. Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity must be restored unconditionally,” Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said at the opening of the new settlement for 760 IDP families in Masazir, Absheron district, APA reports.
The head of state underlined that Nagorno Karabakh, as well as all the occupied territories are historical lands of Azerbaijan.
“Azerbaijan will restore its territorial integrity. A number of factors give us reason to say this. Among them legal, political, historical and economic factors can be mentioned.
All international organizations recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. No country recognizes nor will recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent entity. Territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored. All of the resolutions adopted by international organizations show it. The resolution of the problem must be based legal and political conditions.”
President Ilham Aliyev said that the balance of forces has already changed in favor of Azerbaijan: “Today, Azerbaijan is the fastest growing country in the world, while Armenia suffers decline year by year. Our population is 9 300 000 people. According to the official statistics of Armenia, its population decreases approximately by 100 000 people every year. Therefore, saying that Azerbaijan will restore its territorial integrity, I refer to these facts. Each of us wants this issue to be solved soon. We want urgent measures to be taken to put an end to the occupation. Unfortunately, the double standards and dual approach existing in the world impede the solution of the problem.
In the first stage of the conflict, there was parity between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the military and economic spheres. However, we managed to change the parity. Today, the difference is enormous. As the gap grows, we receive new messages from international organizations and the countries dealing with this issue - the issue should be resolved only peacefully, there is no other way.
Armenia has occupied our lands through military means. The UN Security Council adopted four resolutions to eliminate the consequences of the occupation. None of them has been fulfilled for 20 years. How come that a resolution is adopted on any other issue and its fulfillment is started within a day, but when it comes to us, the issue has not been settled for already 20 years and we just hear that the issue must be settled peacefully. Why? The reason is double standards. We have the full right and the international law allows us to restore our territorial integrity by all means. There are provisions in the UN Charter that every country must use all means for its protection. According to Helsinki Final Act, the principle of countries’ territorial integrity prevails over other principles, including the principle of self-determination. However, injustice, double standards, Armenian lobby and its supporters around the word, as well as the mediators’ passiveness don’t create necessary conditions for the solution of the problem. In spite of this, we will resolutely and volitionally continue our political and diplomatic efforts. At the same time, we will take more serious steps towards military build-up. We will use all means to further keep Armenia in the isolated situation in economic and regional issues. I’m sure that due to these complex measures and ever-increasing power of our country we will restore our territorial integrity soon.
I want to reiterate, I have no doubt that we will return to our native lands, including Zangilan, Karabakh, Shusha and Azerbaijan’s flag will be raised in our all towns. I have no doubt. Simply, we want to solve it soon and send you to your native lands as soon as possible and construct beautiful buildings and settlements for you.”