Ilham Aliyev: Armenian people to live in Azerbaijan in peace and harmony
Armenian people will live in Azerbaijan in peace and harmony, just like other citizens of the country, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said yesterday during the visit to the territories liberated from occupation.
"All citizens of Azerbaijan, representatives of all peoples and religions live normally, in peace and harmony here. I have said in numerous interviews over the past 44 days that they are our citizens and they will see that they will live well under the leadership of Azerbaijan," the head of state assured.
"For the 17 years I have repeatedly spoken about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I said that we would never allow for the establishment of a second Armenian state on historical land of Azerbaijan. I said that the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan had never been and never would be negotiable. I said that Azerbaijan would restore its territorial integrity. I said that if it was not possible to do that peacefully, we would restore it by military means. My speeches are everywhere. They have been published. I said these words and I did what I said. We have restored our territorial integrity, expelled the occupiers from the occupied territories, prevented the establishment of a second Armenian state," Ilham Aliyev said.
He stressed that there can be no talk of any status. "There is a single Azerbaijani state. There is a multiethnic, multi-confessional and progressive Azerbaijani state," the head of state explained.
The president said that Azerbaijan is currently at the stage of political settlement of the conflict. He recalled that after the liberation of Shusha, the Azerbaijani Army liberated more than 70 settlements, which was actually the last blow to the enemy. It is no coincidence that on 10 November, the enemy actually signed an act of capitulation. Ilham Aliyev noted that earlier he said that military-political solutions to the issue were available, and Azerbaijan proved that on the battlefield.
He stressed that Azerbaijan's victory is of tremendous historic significance, it's not just a matter of liberating Azerbaijan from its occupiers, it also shows the whole world and all the occupiers that this is how they end up.
The president also told about plans to restore the damage caused by the enemy, it is being calculated. He recalled thar all the affected people will return to their ancestral lands with state support. "We will carry out this work in a planned way – first of all, the calculation of damage, accurate records, and then the reconstruction work," the Azerbaijani leader said.