YEREVAN, September 26. /ARKA/. The peoples of the region inherited a complex conflict, the final resolution of which requires an agreement that will be acceptable for the people of Armenia, the people of Artsakh and the people of Azerbaijan, Anna Naghdalyan, spokeswoman for Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today in response to Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev’s video address to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, in which he claimed that Armenia continues to build up “anti-Azerbaijani rhetoric” and “is preparing for new attacks.”
Aliyev called on the international community “to persuade Armenia to abandon new military aggression’ and also expressed regret that the OSCE Minsk Group’s activity dealing with the conflict settlement did not bring any results.
‘Only the authorities enjoying the mandate of their people are capable of demonstrating the political will for reaching a compromise and establishing peace. Both Armenia and Artsakh authorities have received the mandate of their peoples and are ready to launch a dialogue with the authorities of Azerbaijan that enjoy the relevant mandate of their people,” Naghdalyan said in a statement today.
She said Aliyev, who inherited the power from his father and who shares it within a single family, is not such a leader and authority has always been based on manipulations of the conflict, promoting the image of Armenia and the Armenian people as a “useful enemy” within his own society, rather than addressing the latter’s needs.
‘Under the rule of Ilham Aliyev Azerbaijan missed the historic opportunity to use the “oil boom” to build a modern country and society. Today the authorities of Azerbaijan are perceived in the world as an authoritarian and repressive regime which uses all the opportunities, including the COVID-19 pandemic, to harass and silence its own people.
In the region, we deal with such a governmental system where the values are replaced with a cult of personality, dynasty and own wealth, while the interests serve the preservation of inherited power at all costs. Regrettably, “all costs” are paid by the people of Azerbaijan deprived of voice and freedoms,’ she said.
On September 23, following a meeting between Azerbaijani parliament speaker Sahiba Qafarova and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the press service of the Azerbaijani parliament quoted Lavrov as saying allegedly that ‘the statements made by Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan about Nagorno-Karabakh impede the process of the conflict settlement”.
Lavrov allegedly said also that the Russian side in the settlement process advocates the return of the five occupied regions, the deployment of peacekeepers on the territory and the restoration of the transport and communication system.
However, after the comment of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the press service of Azerbaijani parliament had to edit the part that caused a stir. During the weekly briefing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the statement attributed to Sergey Lavrov, advising “to focus exclusively on the position of Moscow, and not other interpretations”:
“As for the correctness of the quotation of the Russian minister, I would like to draw your attention and, in principle, address these questions to the sources from which this information came,” she said. As a result, Lavrov’s words about Pashinyan disappeared from the Azerbaijani parliament’s press release.
The Russian Foreign Ministry website said there was no mention of either the Armenian prime minister or the “return of the occupied regions.” -0-