Aliyev: Nagorno-Karabakh does not exist

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev called on the Armenian side to stop raising the issue of the status of Nagorno-Karabakh and stressed the absolute belonging of the Karabakh territory to Azerbaijan. Any mention of the status of the disputed region, according to Mr. Aliyev, leads to problems and is regarded by the Azerbaijani side as an attempt to rewrite history.

“There was a verbal agreement that the issue of the status of Karabakh would not be raised. But, unfortunately, we hear statements from the Armenian government about the status of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh, which is absolutely counterproductive. Nagorno-Karabakh does not exist. The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region was abolished at the end of 1991 by the decision of the Azerbaijani parliament. There is no such administrative structure on our territory,” President Aliyev said during the Global Baku Forum (the recording of the head of state’s speech is available on his official YouTube channel).

“If Armenia continues to question our territorial integrity, Azerbaijan will have no choice but to question the territorial integrity of Armenia,” Mr. Aliyev said. He added that Azerbaijan has more rights “from a historical point of view” to dispute the ownership of Armenian territories, since in November 1920 the Soviet government “took away the historical part of our country (Azerbaijan.— “B”) – Zangezur and annexed it to Armenia.

The aggravation of the situation around the status of Nagorno-Karabakh after a short relative stabilization began in March 2022. In April, the Armenian authorities expressed their readiness to recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, after which the protest movement intensified in Yerevan.

Read more about the commission on the delimitation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in the Kommersant publication “Mission” Commission “”.

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Andrey Sapozhnikov



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