During the 66th session of UN General Assembly Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov urged the international community to impact on Armenia in order to achieve the liberation of the occupied Azerbaijani territories. Baku, on the other hand, is ready to grant Nagorno-Karabakh a high status of self-government.
The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan drew attention to the Armenian aggression continuing for almost 20 years in violation of the UN Charter and other norms of international law.
Back in 1993 the UN Security Council adopted 4 resolutions including demand for the immediate liberation of the Azerbaijani territories. However, Armenia continues to ignore them.
Instead of preparing its people for peace, prosperity and sustainable future, the Armenian authorities instigate the new generation to new wars, violence and aggression, sowing the idea of enmity and hatred not only for Azerbaijan, but also for other peoples in the region.
Concerns also come from the settling of ethnic Armenians in the occupied Azerbaijani territories and the destruction and appropriation of the historical and cultural heritage of the Azerbaijani people. All this is aimed at consolidating the occupation, the consequences of ethnic cleansing and colonization of the territories, and also creates serious obstacles to the prospects for conflict settlement, the minister said.
Mamedyarov also pointed to the aggressive and non-constructive statement by the President of Armenia from the rostrum of the General Assembly a few days earlier.
He drew attention to the findings of the Field Assessment Mission of the OSCE Minsk Group, which stated the inadmissibility of the occupation and said Armenia must put an end to illegal activities in these areas.
The total ethnic cleansing of Azerbaijanis in Armenia and the occupied territories means Yerevan contradicts the principles of logic, when calling to apply the self-determination principle.
Azerbaijan believes that the right of peoples to self-determination can only be exercised in accordance with the norms of international law and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act, including the territorial integrity of states.
Azerbaijan believes that the settlement should begin with the withdrawal of forces from the occupied territories within a set deadline, the restoration of communications, the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes, and should continue with creation of conditions for the cohabitation of Azerbaijanis and Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.
This gradual process is also supported by the international mediators, and rejected only by Armenia.
Mammadyarov expressed confidence that the international community will persuade Armenia to respect the international norms and to stop violating the rights of Azerbaijanis living in their lands, including Nagorno-Karabakh.
“For our part we are ready to provide the region’s highest self-rule within Azerbaijan,” Mamedyarov said.
Turning to other issues on the agenda of the Assembly, Mamedyarov expressed his support for full membership of Palestine in the UN.
The minister also announced plans to increase Azerbaijan’s assistance to needy countries, in particular, experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe in the Horn of Africa.
Mammadyarov called on UN members to support the candidacy of Azerbaijan in the election of the members of the UN Security Council for 2012-13.