“I know that our visits to Karabakh and Yerevan caused protests in Baku, but we will continue this work, so that our young generation can solve the Nagorno-Karabakh problem,” Polad Bulbuloglu,” told a forum entitled “CIS Youth – Future of Public Diplomacy” in Moscow.
“Everyone is aware of the Karabakh problem and one must not forget the bloody pages of our history. The young generation will solve this problem. Before I was appointed ambassador, I thought this problem could be solved only in a military way, but there is the notion of ‘people’s diplomacy’,” the envoy said, according to Vesti.az.
“I visited Nagorno-Karabakh. It was not so easy for me to see my house in Karabakh, but I understood that this is the only way we can achieve anything.”
The ambassador, who is also a well-known singer, said that he cannot forget the day when the symphony orchestra of the CIS countries performed in Baku and Yerevan.
“In the past 20 years Azerbaijani musicians have not performed in Yerevan nor have Armenian musicians played in Baku. The parents of the musicians were anxious about the idea of organizing these concerts. Then my colleague Armen Smbatyan and I visited Baku and Yerevan, we were a kind of guarantor of the security of our youth. For the first time young Armenian musicians saw Baku promenade, Azerbaijani musicians were surprised when they were welcomed at Yerevan’s markets. But this is not important, what is important is that they could listen to each other, realize the essence of the conflict,” he said.
The conflict began in 1988 when Armenia made claims on the Azerbaijani territory of Karabakh. In a bitter war Armenian armed forces occupied a swathe of Azerbaijani land, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. Despite a ceasefire in 1994, no long-term peace agreement has been reached.
The nub of the conflict remains unresolved – the competing claims of territorial integrity, which Azerbaijan insists takes precedence in the case of Karabakh, and self-determination, which Armenia wants to see for the Armenians of Karabakh.