“Illegal settlement must be stopped”
President Ilham Aliyev: "We cannot allow for the creation of a second Armenian state on Azerbaijani soil”
As a result of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, one-fifth of Azerbaijan's lands has been occupied, nearly one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons, more than 20,000 people were killed, 50,000 people were injured or disabled, and more than 4,000 Azerbaijanis went missing. On April 30, July 29, October 14, and November 12, 1993, the UN Security Council adopted Resolutions 822, 853, 874, and 884 in response to the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia. The UN Security Council resolutions reaffirmed Azerbaijan's sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of its international borders.
These resolutions demand the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian occupying forces from all occupied territories of Azerbaijan, and call for the restoration of relations in the region, ensuring the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. Unfortunately, the occupying Armenia does not implement the resolutions of the UN Security Council, and demonstrates unconstructiveness in the peace talks with the participation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs - the United States, France and Russia. At the same time, Armenia is building infrastructure in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, contrary to international law, as well as pursuing a policy of illegal settlement by building roads.
Making speech at the opening of a military unit of the Ministry of Defense within the framework of his visit to Mingachevir, President Ilham Aliyev touched upon the fact that Armenians are pursuing a policy of illegal settlement of occupied Azerbaijani lands. "I have already expressed my thoughts on this issue several times, including my speeches at international events. I drew attention to this issue within the framework of the last Eastern Partnership Summit of the European Union. We raise and will continue to raise this issue in all international organizations. Illegal settlement must be stopped. We call on the international community over this. We want the Minsk Group co-chairs to pay special attention to this issue so that illegal settlement is stopped because Armenia’s policy lies precisely in this. They have renamed our cities first in the territory of the present-day Armenia and now in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.They have established "boundaries” there, destroyed our historical past, mosques, and are now trying to Armenianize our historical monuments and lands. They currently want to conduct illegal settlement, but are experiencing difficulties due to a lack of human resources. And yet they strive for this as a result of the activities of the diaspora. Let everyone know – we will not allow this,” noted the head of state.
"Our position related to the conflict remains firm and we will not back down a single step,” the president said. "International organizations are emphasizing the principle of territorial integrity now. Many of the speakers at the last Eastern Partnership Summit of the European Union, world leaders clarified this issue. The principle of territorial integrity prevails over the principle of self-determination of peoples. Let-no one doubt that. As for Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh issue as a whole, the principle of self-determination does not apply because the Armenian people have already determined themselves, they have an Armenian state, albeit created on Azerbaijani soil. We cannot allow for the creation of a second Armenian state on Azerbaijani soil. However, I want to say again that the principle of territorial integrity prevails today. Therefore, from the point of view of international law and historical justice, our position is perfect. Of course, the conflict must be resolved on the basis of these principles.”
According to MP Eldaniz Salimov, the Armenian state did not exist historically, Armenians were resettled in the area where they now live, and they were not considered aboriginal people. He noted that the territory called today's Armenia is the ancient and historical lands of Azerbaijan, a state created at the expense of Yerevan, Zangazur, Goycha, Daralayaz. "Armenian armed forces established in our historical lands occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory in the 1990s, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding areas. Even now, illegal settlements are taking place in those areas. Both the fact of occupation and the policy of illegal settlement are a step contrary to the principle of territorial integrity of states and international law. The great powers, including the member states of the UN Security Council, which adopted resolutions on the immediate evacuation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, must put serious pressure on the aggressor Armenia, which is acting against the rules of the international community, and support lasting stability and security in the South Caucasus. The outpost, colonial Armenia's policy of aggression has not only damaged relations with neighboring countries, but also put itself in a dilemma, isolated from international regional projects and economic dividends. They have only one way of salvation. This is to normalize relations with neighboring Turkey and Azerbaijan, which have been pursuing a policy of hostility and hatred for many years, and to respect the principle of territorial integrity. Only then can Armenia get rid of all kinds of dependence, decline and abyss,” the MP said.
Leading researcher of the Institute of Oriental Studies of ANAS, Doctor of Philosophy in History, Associate Professor Subhan Talibli also noted that Armenia's settlement in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, destruction of material and cultural monuments belonging to our people, illegal commercial activities and other such facts are reflected in the decisions and reports of a number of international organizations, as well as in foreign and local media. "Since 1994, there have been cases of illegal resettlement of Armenians living in different countries of the world to Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan,” he said. "Looking at the position of international organizations, we see that Armenia, as an aggressor, is grossly violating its obligations under the Geneva Conventions and acting contrary to the principles of international law, changing the geographical and place names in our occupied territories, plundering and exploiting the natural resources of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas, and pursuing a purposeful settlement policy of Armenian refugees from Syria. It continues its illegal actions, such as changing the demographic composition of the Armenian refugees, by pursuing a purposeful settlement policy.”