President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has said the main problem facing his country is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The President spoke to the First summit of Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States in Almaty.
“The conflict remains unresolved for many years. This is a source of greatest threat and injustice not only for us but for the entire region. Recognition of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan by the international community has been violated for many years. Armenia has conducted a policy of ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis. As a result of this policy, one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and displaced persons in their native land and 20% of our land was occupied.”
The President noted: “All major international organizations have voiced their position on this issue. First of all, the most authoritative international organizations- the UN and its Security Council have adopted relevant resolutions. There are four UN Security Council resolutions, which call for unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces from Azerbaijani lands.”
“OSCE resolutions, numerous resolutions by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, resolutions adopted by the Council of Europe, European Parliament and other organizations create a stronger legal basis for the conflict settlement. But, unfortunately, unconstructive position of Armenia and its attempts to artificially prolong the negotiations hinder to tackle the issue. Azerbaijan was also subject to terrorism in this conflict. Numerous terrorist acts were committed in our country which claimed lives of more than 2,000 civilians,” he added.