Azerbaijan categorically refuses to acknowledge the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, with President Ilham Aliyev calling it a “red line.” He reiterated that the area is legally a part of his nation.
The Azerbaijani chief was chatting with Moscow information company RIA Novosti, which interviewed the leaders of each Azerbaijan and Armenia on the way forward for the continuing Nagorno-Karabakh battle.
“As for our red line, we have stated it very clearly,” Aliyev defined. “Under no circumstances can the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan be violated. Under no circumstances will Azerbaijan consent to the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh.”
In 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan, however the area is internationally categorized as a part of Azerbaijan. No UN member states have acknowledged the breakaway republic.
However, the disputed land is especially populated by ethnic Armenians. Baku considers the enclave to be illegally occupied by Yerevan, and has acknowledged its aim to realize full management of its territory.
Earlier, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan acknowledged that his nation helps Nagorno-Karabakh’s proper to self-determination, describing that as non-negotiable. According to Pashinyan, Baku won’t settle for that the area has this proper, whereas Yerevan is prepared for compromise.
“Azerbaijan did not want and does not want to accept the right to the self-determination of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh. And the right to self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh is, for us, a red line beyond which we cannot step,” Pashinyan stated.
On September 27, the area noticed the most important escalation in violence for virtually three many years. In the weeks for the reason that combating started, leaders from around the globe, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly known as for peace within the area. Last week, Moscow helped negotiate a ceasefire, however that seems to have been rapidly violated. Since 1992, negotiations on a peaceable settlement have been carried out inside the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, headed by three co-chairs: Russia, the US, and France.
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