Azerbaijan remains devoted to peaceful Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

Azerbaijan remains devoted to peaceful Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with the "Mir"
TV and radio company that the main goal of his country is to boost
economic growth, hold political reforms and modernize the country. The
president said that a lot has been done already.


Concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Aliyev said that Azerbaijan
is devoted to the peace process. As evidence of his intentions, the
president recalled that the negotiation process has been going on for
20 years. The OSCE Minsk Group was established in 1992. The cease-fire
agreement was signed in 1994. A settlement must be based on the norms
and principles of the international law. The territorial unity of
Azerbaijan, including Nagorno-Karabakh, was recognized by the world,
he said.


Aliyev said that the Security Council passed four resolutions saying
that there will be no progress in the recognition of the independence
of Nagorno-Karabakh. He said that the current state of talks is
concentrated on Madrid principles. The new version protects the rights
of people living in Nagorno-Karabakh and those who will return to
autonomy. The document involves liberation of Azerbaijani territories,
return of refugees and improvement of ties between Armenia and
Azerbaijan.

The president added that the Azerbaijan has an ambiguous attitude
towards the OSCE Minsk Group. On the one hand, Azerbaijan sees a
strive for settlement of the situation. But, on the other hand, there
were no results in 19 years. There was progress at certain stages. But
every time there were tragic events in Armenia or changes of its
position. Nonetheless, the Aliyev praised the efforts of the three
co-chairs of the OSCE MG.

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