Artsakh president to Aliyev: You have chosen a way to resolve the issue through force? We are ready and we know results

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YEREVAN, May 30. /ARKA/. On Friday, during a live broadcast on his Facebook page, Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan, addressed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. “Yesterday, Ilham Aliyev made another statement. Of course, I do not want to insult, but these were statements unbecoming a politician,” Harutyunyan said. He especially drew attention to Aliyev’s words that the force factor is coming to the fore in the world.

“So you have chosen a way to resolve the issue through force? Mr. Aliyev, we are ready. We are ready and also want to assure you that we know the results. What you had in 1994, you will have also today. Never try to speak with us in the language of strength,” the Artsakh president said.

He also mentioned another statement by the Azerbaijani leader that “our ancient city of Erivan was given to Armenia, this cannot be forgiven”.

“You have the opportunity to clarify your “historical inaccuracies”, if you think so. But it will be disastrous for Azerbaijan. Never dare to speak with us in the language of strength. We are ready to resolve the issue peacefully, through peaceful negotiations,” he stressed.

Harutyunyan also noted that the package of the Karabakh conflict stage-by-stage settlement proposed by Aliyev is possible in only one case.

“First of all – recognition of the right to self-determination, secondly – the adoption of our security guarantees, and only after that – negotiations. There will be no other options,” he said.

Karabakh conflict broke out in 1988 when Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan. On December 10, 1991, a few days after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a referendum took place in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the majority of the population (99.89%) voted for secession from Azerbaijan.

Afterwards, large-scale military operations began. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven regions adjacent to it. Some 30,000 people were killed in this war and about one million people fled their homes.
On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations.

Since 1992, talks brokered by OSCE Minsk Group are being held over peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is co-chaired by USA, Russia and France.

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