Serge Calcanhoto: Alexei Druzhinin / RIA Novosti
The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan during the meeting with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group commented on the statement of his Azerbaijani colleague Ilham Aliyev, which was called the strategic Baku the return of the Armenian capital of Yerevan. This was reported on the website of the President of Armenia.
“President Sargsyan, noting the co-chairs to Baku-sounding statements, noted that this is another indication of how far Azerbaijan’s readiness to promote the negotiation process on the settlement in Nagorno-Karabakh on the basis of proposals of the OSCE Minsk group, as well as demonstrate how Baku responds to the continuing calls of the mediators to prepare society for the world,” the report says.
Sargsyan also reiterated Yerevan’s readiness to continue together with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group efforts aimed at peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict through negotiations.
8 Feb Ilham Aliyev, speaking at a Congress of the ruling party “New Azerbaijan”, as a political and strategic goal of “return to Yerevan”, which, according to him, is “the historical territory of Azerbaijanis”. Aliyev attributed to the historical Azerbaijani lands of the Erivan khanate (South-West and Central region of Armenia), Zangezur (Syunik Marz of Armenia) and Gokca (lake Sevan in the East of Armenia).
“This should be known as our younger generation and the whole world. We, Azerbaijanis must return to this historic land. It is our political and strategic goal to which we should gradually approach”, — Aliyev said.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Armenia accused Azerbaijan of the President of racism. “The statements of the Azerbaijani President, the state appeared on the political map of the world just 100 years ago, the territorial claims to Armenia. These statements, together with the repeated declarations that all Armenians are Azerbaijan’s enemies number one, once again demonstrates the racist nature of the ruling regime in Baku”, — said the press Secretary of the foreign Ministry of Armenia Tigran Balayan.
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