Hikmat Hajiyev: Armenia's illegal settlement policy across Azerbaijan's occupied territories is a military crime

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Sunday, 13 September 2020 12:28
“Armenia is conducting a policy of illegal settlement across Azerbaijan's occupied territories and recently launched a policy of resettlement of Armenians from Lebanon there. Yesterday news of a family from Lebanon resettled in the city of Shusha – a destination of utmost historical and moral significance for Azerbaijan has been posted on social media. As the world countries, including Azerbaijan, are dealing with the issue of elimination of tragedy's consequences that befell Lebanon and offering humanitarian assistance, Armenia is exploiting this tragedy and people's hardship, pushing their sordid agenda. Thereby, Armenia has once again demonstrated that it recognizes no moral values” Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev has told AZERTAC. Hikmat Hajiyev said: “I wish to emphasize that the population resettled in our occupied territories has become victim of Armenia's reckless and adventurist policy. It must be said that the policy of illegal settlement across Azerbaijan's occupied territories has no validity, and Azerbaijan rejects its outcome categorically. Armenia is also using the people from Lebanon and Syria resettled in the occupied territories as mercenaries. Armenia aims to alter the demographic situation across Azerbaijan's occupied territories by pursuing the illegal settlement policy. The same policy is a flagrant violation of the international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention of 1949. According to the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, the occupying power cannot transfer its civilian population into the territory it occupies. During the 1946 Nuremberg International Military Tribunal for the Trial of Major War Criminals, two of the defendants were convicted for changing the ethnic composition of the occupied territories. According to international law, the pursuit of illegal settlement policy by the occupying power in the occupied territories should be classified as a military crime. In this regard, Armenia's illegal settlement policy across Azerbaijan's occupied territories is a military crime. Ironically, such actions are considered a crime under Armenia's own legislation. In Article 390 of Armenia's Criminal Code, the occupying power's deportation of the local population and transfer of its people to the occupied territories is a grave violation of international humanitarian law, punishable by 8-12 years of imprisonment. Armenia's act of aggression perpetrated in the direction of Tovuz district, along the state border between the two countries this July and an attempt to carry out a subversion operation across the Line of Contact reveal that Armenia is preparing for yet another provocation and military adventurism. Moreover, in recent days, Armenia has once again begun to declare explicitly; through the puppet regime, it installed in our occupied territories its intention to occupy Azerbaijan's other areas and threatened to launch a missile strike on the city of Ganja. Inflammatory rhetoric by Armenia's Prime Minister and Defense Minister and their actions and other steps of such nature, once again confirm that the goal of the brazen Armenian leadership is to dismantle the negotiation process and secure the annexation of Azerbaijan's occupied territories. The responsibility for perpetrating provocations and escalating the situation lies with Armenia's political and military leadership. Armenia must withdraw its troops from Azerbaijan's occupied territories to achieve progress in the resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. The conflict must be resolved only and solely in line with Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of its internationally recognized borders.” Source: https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Hikmat_Hajiyev_Armenia_039s_illegal_settlement_policy_across_Azerbaijan_039s_occupied_territories_is_a_military_crime-1582895

Azerbaijan and Turkey were among the countries that supported Georgia in the UN

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Saturday, 05 September 2020 13:29

On September 3, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution entitled “Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia”. As Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia noted, this year the document had unprecedented support – has been supported by 84 member states, only 13 opposed. Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili expressed her gratitude to all 84 countries that have stood next to Georgia this year.

It is noteworthy that our neighboring Azerbaijan and Turkey have once again expressed support for Georgia, joining the global call to ensure the observance of the rights of the Georgian population expelled from Abkhazia and Samachablo. With Russia's position, everything is clear. But Armenia acted in a very non-trivial way – it did not take part in the voting. It is difficult to imagine that the immediate neighbor of our country, who assures of friendship in the course of bilateral contacts, is poorly informed about the state of affairs of internally displaced persons in Georgia. However, Yerevan has avoided expressing a clear position on this issue.

President Ilham Aliyev: One of the issues negatively affecting Azerbaijani-Greek cooperation is related to “DESFA”

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Thursday, 03 September 2020 16:47

As reported earlier, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today accepted credentials of the newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece Nikolaos Piperigos.

AZERTAC publishes some excerpts from President Ilham Aliyev's remarks at the meeting.

“I believe there have been several issues that negatively affected our cooperation. One of them is related to the Greek gas company “DESFA”. I can say that our energy company SOCAR joined the bidding for the purchase of “DESFA” at the request of the Greek government. The former Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Samaras, personally asked me for SOCAR to participate in the tender. As a result of an open tender, SOCAR made the best offer and won the right to own “DESFA”. This was also important in terms of our plans to build the Southern Gas Corridor. That was about six years ago. At that time, of course, we were simply planning to build a connection between Azerbaijan and Europe, and we thought that if Azerbaijan was to supply gas to Greece, it would be good to have a company that distributes this gas. In any case, we made an advance payment of 40 million euros, which is 10 percent of the price, and for four years – from 2014 to 2018 – the money was at the disposal of the Greek government. Unfortunately, the previous government of Greece did everything to deprive SOCAR of this right.”

“I would like to reiterate that we originally obtained this legitimate right at the suggestion of the Greek prime minister, in an open and competitive tender, but were deprived of this legitimate right for political reasons due to the negative attitude of the previous government of Greece towards Azerbaijan. This certainly had a serious negative impact on our already low-level relations. Frankly, we then decided that if the government of Greece was treating us like that, we would have to think about how we would respond. Our response was to do virtually nothing. We did not make any demarche. We did not take any diplomatic steps.”

“So this was a very disappointing issue and, of course, I think it had a serious impact on our relations. But, let me say again that this wasn’t done on the initiative of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has always supported the development of relations. In fact, you certainly know that TAP was not the only option for the transportation of Azerbaijani gas. There were several options for the transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Turkey. It could have been in a different direction. However, the choice of TAP was also a decision made by investors, foreign oil companies and Azerbaijan. In other words, for our part, we made a positive gesture to Greece. But after the previous government came to power – I want to emphasize this because before the former Syriza government came to power, we had very good relations with the governments of Greece.”

Source: https://azertag.az/en/xeber/President_Ilham_Aliyev_One_of_the_issues_negatively_affecting_Azerbaijani_Greek_cooperation_is_related_to_DESFA-1575727?fbclid=IwAR0bZUNi2IyR5EyhRjp_l16NEAM9IzF4ibKGU8osJ_ifkMyXRaD8nBKanqk

President of Azerbaijan: Without any hesitation, we support Turkey and will support it in any circumstances

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Thursday, 03 September 2020 16:40

As reported earlier, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today accepted credentials of the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece to Azerbaijan, Nikolaos Piperigos.

AZERTAC presents some excerpts from President Ilham Aliyev's remarks at the meeting.

“It is not Azerbaijan that has occupied the territory of Armenia – Armenia has occupied Azerbaijani territory. This is reflected in the documents of all international organizations.”

“The last issue I want to touch upon is the recent tension between Turkey and Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean region. I can tell you, and it is no secret, that Turkey is not only our friend and partner, but also a brotherly country for us. Without any hesitation whatsoever, we support Turkey and will support it in any circumstances. We see the same support from our Turkish brothers. They support Azerbaijan on all issues, and we support them on all issues, including the issue of exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.”

“I want you to know our position. This position has already been officially announced by the Azerbaijani government on my instructions. I can tell you again that Turkey is not only a friend but a brotherly country for us. The Turks are our brothers. So we will be with them in all matters.”

“I want to find something positive to touch upon, but unfortunately I can't find it. Perhaps we hope that the new government of Greece, which came to power relatively recently, will reconsider the policy of the previous government against Azerbaijan.”

“We can restore contacts and discuss issues that create positive dynamics. But, of course, that will depend on the policy and position of the Greek government.”

Source: https://azertag.az/en/xeber/President_of_Azerbaijan_Without_any_hesitation_we_support_Turkey_and_will_support_it_in_any_circumstances-1575737?fbclid=IwAR1fSrTe3ciOGKfFL2Q6GxDi5ETRWVGpDKm4lQOOIAvGN3qqSCP-K48Ztik

President of Azerbaijan: Law is law for everyone, no-one can be above law

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Tuesday, 01 September 2020 11:08

As reported earlier, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev took part via videoconferencing in the opening of another modular hospital of the Health Center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

AZERTAC presents some excerpts from the President’s speech at the opening of the hospital.

“Unfortunately, there are still people who do not understand the situation today, who have lost a sense of responsibility. There are cases of flagrant violation of the rules. When such cases are discovered, of course, punitive measures should be taken and applied. Punitive measures apply to all categories of people. There shouldn’t be and there is no discrimination. Everyone is equal before law regardless of their social status. Equality, justice and the rule of law are the main principles in Azerbaijan, and I call on all our citizens to act responsibly. First, they must act responsibly in order to protect themselves and their loved ones. On the other hand, those breaking the rules, organizing large-scale events and thus not reckoning with the laws and existing rules of the country in a demonstrative manner will be and are being punished. The public is also being informed about this issue. I think that the people of Azerbaijan are well aware that law is law for everyone. No-one can be above law, no-one can have any privileges and no-one can and will be given any concessions.”

“All the work done is aimed at overcoming this situation with few losses, and I think we are achieving this. Everything is measured in comparison. If we look at the global statistics on COVID, we will see that the results obtained in our country are very effective and valuable. I think that it is thanks to these measures that we have saved the lives of thousands of people.”

“I am confident that as a result of joint efforts, the decisive, thought-out and fair steps of the state, as well as the responsibility of our citizens, will allow us the opportunity to come out of this difficult situation with few losses and return to normal life as soon as possible.”

Source: https://azertag.az/en/xeber/President_of_Azerbaijan_Law_is_law_for_everyone_no_one_can_be_above_law-1573591

President Ilham Aliyev: We are currently actively working with several companies to bring the COVID vaccine to our country

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Tuesday, 01 September 2020 11:03

As reported earlier, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev took part via videoconferencing in the opening of another modular hospital of the Health Center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

AZERTAC presents some excerpts from the President’s speech at the opening of the hospital.

“We are currently actively working with several companies to bring the COVID vaccine to our country. I hope that Azerbaijan will be among the first countries to receive the vaccine in this area as well because we have been working on this issue for some time. But the main condition here is that the vaccine should go through all the stages of testing. Doctors are well aware that any new vaccine goes through several stages and only then is released to the market and used to vaccinate people. Therefore, we will bring this vaccine to our country after all the stages of research have been conducted by companies and after international certification has been completed. After that, I do hope it will be possible to say that this terrible situation is over with.”

“Currently, 100 to 200 people are infected in our country every day. This is certainly a better result than in previous months. However, daily monitoring is and will be carried out to keep the situation under control. At the same time, mitigation steps should be taken in such a way that the number of patients does not increase sharply. This is the key issue, and we will certainly take our steps very carefully.”

Sourсe: https://azertag.az/en/xeber/President_Ilham_Aliyev_We_are_currently_actively_working_with_several_companies_to_bring_the_COVID_vaccine_to_our_country-1573615

Hikmat Hajiyev: Armenia’s national security strategy is like a fake history textbook

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Thursday, 13 August 2020 16:17

“Armenia has recently disclosed its new national security strategy. In his notes written as a preface to the strategy, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan widely refers to the history of Armenia, touches upon Armenian highlands, Hayk, King Artashes, Arshakids, the Kingdom of Van, the genocide and other similar historical moments of a mythical nature that do not fit with documents of such format at all,” said Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev as he commented on Armenia’s new national security strategy.

The Assistant to the President notes that, in general, the national security strategy of Armenia looks like a fake history textbook.

“Such documents normally do not contain so many references to history. It feels that Armenia still remains a hostage of the past and its inferiority complex manifested itself in this document yet again.

Upon familiarization with the strategy, it becomes immediately obvious that the document promotes chauvinistic, xenophobic and racist values. There are messages about the greatness of the Armenian people, its superiority over other peoples, as well as intolerance towards neighboring nations. Quoting a poem by Vahan Teryan, the Armenian prime minister happily perceives the destruction of the great Babylonian civilization. As a matter of fact, the whole point of the strategy is centered in the quote that “Babylon was our enemy. Where is it now? It is covered by deserts!” Proponents of such thinking are no different from the terrorists destroying ancient historical sites in the Middle East. Seeing all this, it becomes clear how such a chauvinistic theory of fascist Garegin Nzhdeh as “Sekagron” appeared and why such ideologies are so widely promoted in Armenia.

Perhaps no country except for Armenia has included a poem in its national security strategy.

The document touches upon the “Velvet Revolution” and states that it has set new standards. However, a reference of this type in the national security strategy does not correspond to the format of the document and is completely illogical because such documents should not propagate any political forces and should instead describe the overall and long-term concept of national security. In other words, the concept should be a document that would meet the interests of the state, not of the authorities. It turns out that this strategy will automatically become invalid in the future after the forces opposed to Nikol Pashinyan and the “velvet revolution” come to power in Armenia. One gets the impression that this is a national security strategy not of Armenia, but of the government of Nikol Pashinyan who rose to power as a result of a “revolution” with the support of Soros and his entourage and receives money from the Soros Foundation.

The document contains numerous references to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. The Azerbaijani side is accused and it is claimed that there is allegedly Armenophobia in Azerbaijan. In addition, the document contains issues related to the illegal regime Armenia has created in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

I would like to emphasize in this regard that the facts and arguments provided in the strategy in relation to the conflict are also false. Armenia has occupied Nagorno-Karabakh of Azerbaijan and seven adjacent districts. Armenia has committed genocide against the Azerbaijanis, carried out ethnic cleansing and perpetrated war crimes. Despite the demands of four UN Security Council resolutions, Armenia has not yet withdrawn its army from the occupied territories. Armenia is pursuing a policy of illegal activities in the occupied territories, including illegal settlement. Armenia is trying to destroy the traces of Azerbaijan in the occupied territories. By grossly violating the ceasefire on the line of contact and at the state border, Armenia commits provocations, deliberately shells Azerbaijan’s civilian population and facilities. Armenia is not interested in negotiations, is trying to artificially delay the status quo and reinforce its occupation.

As for the far-fetched opinions about the April 2016 battles, I would like to note that Armenian armed forces resorted to yet another provocation against Azerbaijan then. Azerbaijan had to take retaliatory measures to protect its population. During the recent provocation Armenia committed in the direction of Tovuz district of the state border of Azerbaijan, civilian population and facilities were once again deliberately fired upon.

The document repeatedly refers to the principle of self-determination of peoples. It is noted that the so-called structure’s right to self-determination must be unconditionally recognized.

Armenia is trying to cover up the fact of occupation with the principle of self-determination. Under no circumstances can this principle apply to the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. This is occupation, not self-determination. The conflict must be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and there is no alternative to this. As President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said, “the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan has never been and will not be negotiable. Azerbaijan will not allow for the establishment of a second Armenian state on its territory.”

This strategic document, which requires an unconditional and unlimited right of the so-called structure to self-determination and recognizes this illegal regime as a “free country”, is in itself yet another heavy blow on the part of Armenia to the process of negotiations mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group. I believe that the co-chairs and the international community as a whole should issue a reaction to this document.

In general, comments on the territory of another state in a document belonging to Armenia itself are clear evidence of the policy of aggression.

The document states that Armenia is committed to negotiations within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group. However, the statements of the prime minister of this country (“Karabakh is Armenia and full stop”) and the minister of defense (“a new war for new lands”), attempts to involve the so-called regime in negotiations, as well as provocative opinions expressed in the strategy in connection with the conflict, prove that Armenia is deliberately disrupting negotiations and intends to continue the occupation.

The strategy notes that there must be the necessary lines of defense to ensure the security of the unrecognized structure, as well as safe diversified communications with the outside world, including Armenia. This is a hint at Lachin district and other occupied districts adjacent to the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. This once again demonstrates that Armenia has no intention of returning the occupied Azerbaijani lands.

The document notes in several places that Armenia is the guarantor of the security of the so-called structure. This is overt recognition of the fact of occupation. In addition, it is argued that Azerbaijan's desire to resolve the conflict by military means poses a threat to the physical existence of the population of the so-called structure. In essence, the aggressive policy of Armenia has put an end to the physical existence of the civilian population of Azerbaijan in its native lands. Having driven out about a million civilian Azerbaijanis from their native lands, Armenia carried out a policy of ethnic cleansing.

The strategy notes that the goal of the negotiations is to “preserve the outcomes of the war”. This explicitly shows that Armenia intends to keep on occupying the territories of Azerbaijan and is not interested in negotiations that serve a sustainable peace.

Familiarization with the document reveals once again that Armenia’s latest provocation in the direction of Tovuz district of Azerbaijan was carried out on purpose.

The strategy clearly shows the presence of Azerbaijanophobia in Armenia. Hatred of Azerbaijanis is openly propagated in this country.

The document dwells upon the far-fetched massacres against the Armenians allegedly committed by the Azerbaijani side. Ganja is described as Gandzak. Such claims of the country that has committed a genocide and atrocities against the Azerbaijanis, destroyed our heritage and changed place names in Armenia and the occupied territories are true hypocrisy.

The strategy notes that there is no place for violence and xenophobia in Armenian society. In fact, however, Armenia has itself ousted more than a million Azerbaijanis from its territory and the occupied lands. Armenia is a country that has destroyed mosques, historical sites and graves. Xenophobia has reached such a level that the architectural features and essence of the Blue Mosque in Yerevan and the Yukhari Govhar Agha Mosque in Shusha have been changed and they are portrayed as Iranian monuments. Armenia has destroyed the grave of great Azerbaijani poet, ashiq Alasgar. The former Armenian president said in the center of Europe in 2003 that “the Armenians and the Azerbaijanis are ethnically incompatible”.

The document states that the Armenians are victims of the first “genocide” of the 20th century and that Armenia pays special attention to the topic of preventing genocide at the international level. This is yet another lie. Armenia has itself committed an act of genocide against the Azerbaijanis in Khojaly at the end of the 20th century.

The strategy also reflects on Turkey and makes references to the so-called genocide. The reason for this is that Turkey, guided by international law and historical justice, calls on Armenia to vacate the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Armenia is tuned in to a mythical history and shows again that it cannot coexist peacefully with its neighbors. For this reason, the future development of Armenia as a state is not possible.

The document mentions that Armenia is worried about the fact that the region is lagging behind in the sphere of democracy and human rights. It is noted that Azerbaijan and Turkey are lagging behind in the field of democracy and human rights, and this negatively affects the fulfillment of international obligations by these countries. This is further evidence of racism and chauvinism. I believe that Armenia, a country that has occupied the territory of another state and carried out ethnic cleansing, is the very last country that has the right to talk about human rights. Let Armenia, which has shamelessly proclaimed itself a herald of democracy and a champion of human rights, not be worried about us and instead pay attention to the human rights problems that are pervasive in this country.

In general, Armenia’s rant about democracy and human rights is ridiculous in itself. For about 20 years, a military junta was in power in this country, high-ranking government officials were shot in parliament and the current prime minister threatens to “roll up his opponents in asphalt” and he does. Politicians and journalists in Armenia are persecuted for their political beliefs. Journalist Mher Yeghiazaryan died in prison after a hunger strike.

The document makes references to certain threats in the region. I would like to emphasize that the biggest threat to the region is posed by Armenia itself and its aggressive policy. The biggest threat to the national security of Armenia is posed precisely by Armenia itself and the policy of Nikol Pashinyan's government.

The strategy notes that Azerbaijan and Turkey keep Armenia in an economic blockade and have sidelined it from regional projects. This is a clear lie. The fact that Armenia is making such claims while continuing to occupy the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan defies all boundaries.

The document indicates that Armenia's foreign policy views are based on international, interethnic and inter-civilizational dialogue. Armenia’s putting forward such a thesis is ridiculous. It is completely wide of the mark. As noted above, Armenia has carried out ethnic cleansing on its territory and the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, destroyed and appropriated the cultural and historical sites of the Azerbaijani people. The foreign policy of such a state cannot be based on interethnic and inter-civilizational dialogue. In 2016, Armenia was the only country to boycott the Seventh Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations held in Azerbaijan. This shows once again that the values proclaimed by Armenia and the values of the UN Alliance of Civilizations contradict each other.

The strategy talks about the development of relations between Armenia and countries of the Middle East. Armenia has occupied the territory of a country belonging to the Muslim world and is destroying its Islamic heritage. What kind of cooperation between this country and Muslim countries can we talk about? I believe that countries of the Middle East should take this into account.

The strategy mentions that Armenia will work with CSTO member states towards fulfillment of their allied obligations in relations with each other and enhance the effectiveness of this organization. This looks as though Armenia is the owner of this organization and edifies its members. Without consulting with any of the CSTO members, Armenia arrested its former secretary general and now intends to teach other members of the organization a lesson about their obligations. Armenia, which boycotted the appointment of a new CSTO secretary general for a long time, dealt a serious blow to the effectiveness of the organization. As President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev noted, “the Soros scum cannot be CSTO allies.”

The strategy states further that Armenia promotes freedom of speech and pluralism and is opposed to terrorism and extremism. However, this is a complete lie. Just recently, the Armenians brutally attacked and wounded Azerbaijanis in Los Angeles, Brussels and other cities around the world. This is the result of Armenia’s extremist policy. The Armenian diaspora also promotes the ideology of unfounded and mythical Armenian exclusivity. As a result, the diaspora, through its destructive activities, creates additional obstacles to the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

As for the “pan-Armenian” views contained in the document, I would like to note that it actually represents interference in the internal affairs of other countries because Armenia thereby sets directions and priorities for the Armenians living there.

The strategy notes that conditions will be created for the repatriation of Armenians to Armenia. Thus, Armenia intends to acquire additional human resources to implement the policy of illegal settlement in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

The document openly recognizes the presence of a demographic crisis, abject poverty, social inequality and social polarization in Armenia. Growing emigration is cited as one of the key problems. Along with this, opinions related to the economic development of Armenia are also expressed. However, we must not forget that as long as Armenia keeps Azerbaijani lands under occupation, it will remain on the sidelines of regional economic projects and will live in economic isolation. As long as the conflict remains unresolved, it is meaningless to talk about any prospects for the economic development of Armenia, as well as the elimination of emigration, poverty, unemployment and social inequality.

Stabilization of population figures and achievement of demographic growth are set as the goals of the Armenian state. However, if Armenia continues its occupying policy, it will not be able to achieve these goals and the situation will deteriorate further because people do not believe in the future of Armenia and many Armenians leave the country in fear of confrontation with Azerbaijan.

The strategy notes that in the process of development of Armenia as a center of high technologies, special importance will be attached to the role of the science and education. However, as the strategy itself acknowledges, how can this goal ever be achieved against the background of exodus of educated people?

The document states that forcible solution of domestic problems among the Armenians is unacceptable and that settlement should be carried out through free courts. But political pressure on courts, which are already not free, is growing and the Constitutional Court, which does not want to follow the instructions of the prime minister, comes under pressure and judges are replaced.

Logically, the section of the document on the environment should have dealt with the issue of the Metsamor nuclear power plant, but interestingly enough, there is not a word about it. However, this nuclear power plant with a long expired service life is located in an active seismic zone and the primary source of danger for Armenia itself.

In general, the analysis of the document shows that Armenia focuses its attention not on issues of economic development, education and science, but on baseless accusations against Azerbaijan and Turkey. This characterizes the outlook of the Armenian government for the future. The main goal is to keep the Armenian people hostage to the conflict,” Hikmat Hajiyev said.

Source: https://azertag.az/en/xeber/Hikmat_Hajiyev_Armenias_national_security_strategy_is_like_a_fake_history_textbook-1559745  

Presidents of Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have a telephone conversation

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Monday, 03 August 2020 21:28

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

Warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two countries exchange congratulations on occasion of Eid al-Adha, having expressed wished that this holiday, which embodies such values as mercy, goodwill and mutual help for common all Muslims and entire humankind, would be filled with wealth and abundance as well as support to the strengthening of fruitful cooperation between neighbouring countries.

The sides have highlighted that they pay special attention to expansion of beneficial partnership in all directions, having stated with delight dynamic and steadfast character of traditional bilateral relations, which have been initially built based mutual respect, equality and transparency.

It was mentioned in the conversation that Turkmen – Azeri relations are based on old friendship and fraternity, similarity of spiritual and cultural values uniting two neighbouring nations, on commitment to principles of peace-loving and humanity in international affairs. Existing high level of trust and understanding as well as proximity of approaches and positions of the sides to current issues of the global agenda are solid foundation for further development of constructive interstate dialog.

In this context, it was highlighted that Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have significant potential for expansion of cooperation in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, comprehensive strengthening of bilateral cooperation for the sake of fraternal nations.

Continuing telephone conversation, the sides highlighted the subject of preventive activity and combating against the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused serious ordeal for the world community and makes negative impact on international life.

In this regard, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has spoken for the necessity of consolidation of efforts for development of new ideas and approaches for joint recovery of complicated situation in modern world.

At the same time, Turkmen leader has noted the timeliness of recent trilateral meeting with participation of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Agreements reached at the meeting will serve to activation of international transport and transit Lapis Lazuli corridor, which efficient use will support to strengthening of trade relations and common sustainable development.

Speaking of this, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that mutual support and joint activity would be a guarantee of successful implementation of this project.

In the end of the conversation, Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov again exchanged congratulations on occasion of Eid al-Adha, having wished health and success in responsible government activity to each other and peace and prosperity to fraternal people of two countries.

 

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

D. Zalkaliani has spoken over the phone with the newly-appointed Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, J. Bayramov

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Tuesday, 21 July 2020 15:58
On 17 July 2020, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani spoke over the phone with the newly-appointed Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Jeikhun Bayramov.
 
Congratulating on the appointment, Zalkaliani wished his Azeri counterpart success in his new role as Foreign Minister. The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment towards further deepening the friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries.
 
Enquiring about the escalations at Azerbaijan’s border with Armenia, Zalkaliani received the latest information on the ongoing situation. According to him, there is no alternative to peaceful settlement of the conflict. The Georgian Foreign Minister expressed the hope that through the engagement of international mechanisms and of the OSCE Minsk Group, in particular, it will be possible to bring the peace process back on track and de-escalate the tension.  

Farid Shahbazli: We call on the international community to strongly condemn Armenia's policy of aggression against Azerbaijan and its provocations on the border

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Friday, 17 July 2020 10:00

Armenia continues its provocative policy against Azerbaijan. On July 12, the Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire and fired at the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of the Tovuz region of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border using artillery. As a result, soldiers of the Azerbaijani Army were killed.

The statement came from Farid Shahbazli, Editor-in-chief of Azerbaijan's Editor.az news agency and chairman of the Reformist Youth Public Union. He noted that as a result of retaliatory fire and counter-offensive measures of the Azerbaijani armed forces, the attack of the Armenian armed forces was prevented. The Azerbaijani Armed Forces are monitoring the situation. The Armenian side has not been able to acquire any territory.

Shahbazli noted that the militarization of the state border with Armenia and the deliberate targeting of civilians continue systematically:

"Armenia is trying to involve its military-political organizations in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, to evade responsibility for the occupation and aggression against Azerbaijan. Armenia's aggression against Azerbaijan for 30 years and provocations on the border, as well as contradicts the legal documents of the military-political organization. Armenia is trying to justify its policy of aggression and deceive international organizations.

Armenia has occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions of Azerbaijan by launching a military aggression against Azerbaijan in gross violation of the UN Charter and other international legal obligations. UN Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 demand the full and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan".

According to Farid Shahbazli, the provocation committed by Armenia on the border is another proof of official Yerevan's lack of interest in resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict through negotiations.

While the world community is fighting against COVID-19, this act of attack and provocation was committed by Armenia. This situation and Armenia's continued ceasefire violation prove once again that Armenia's support for the UN Secretary-General's global ceasefire initiative in connection with COVID-19 is nothing but hypocrisy.

We call on the international community to strongly condemn Armenia's policy of aggression against Azerbaijan and its provocations on the border.

Farid Shahbazli, Editor-in-chief of Azerbaijan's Editor.az

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