"Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian is playing with fire, on the one hand declaring that he recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, including Karabakh, and on the other hand delaying the formalization of his words. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly emphasized the importance of Nikol Pashinian's signing the peace agreement," Aliyev added.
"Armenia's refusal to recognize Azerbaijan's territorial integrity is at the root of the current problems. If this does not happen, the demarcation of borders will be protracted. In fact, Armenia should be more concerned about the lack of normalization of relations with its neighboring country,” he stated.
In addition, Aliyev stressed that some international circles still prefer to express the whims of Armenians.
"For 30 years, these groups preferred to keep silent, turning a blind eye to the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and refraining from telling the truth. However, as soon as the occupation of Karabakh ended, they began to openly hide their anti-Azerbaijani policies," he said.
"This was nothing but a double standard. France's policy is obvious. In the past years, this state did not hide its sympathies for the occupying Armenia and at least tried to create a certain image of balance. With the election of Emmanuel Macron as President, they completely forgot about the balance,” Aliyev emphasized.
"France completely sided with Armenia during and after the Second Karabakh War. Macron's unilateral statements, provocative statements by a group of mayors of French cities at the beginning of the Lachin road are steps to promote separatism in Azerbaijan," he added.
Adil Aliyev also drew attention to the food problems of Armenians in Karabakh. He reminded that two trucks carrying 40 tonnes of flour sent to the region by the Azerbaijani Red Crescent were prevented from entering the region via the Agdam-Kankendi road.
“Armenian authorities and separatists demand the opening of the Lachin road. This is impossible. During the occupation, they used the Lachin road as they knew how, transporting weapons, and laying mines on the roads. The Azerbaijani army put an end to this and a border crossing point was established at the beginning of the Lachin road,” Aliyev said.
“Currently, Karabakh Armenians are using this road and are getting used to being controlled by Azerbaijani border guards at the border crossing point. Now Karabakh Armenians have to make a choice. Either they will live according to Azerbaijani laws or they will leave Azerbaijan,” he stressed.
Tensions in the region increased after the Armenian armed forces opened fire from their positions in the village of Zod in the Basarkecher region on August 31-September 4 on the positions of the Azerbaijani army in Kalbajar.
After Azerbaijan responded to the attack, 4 Armenian soldiers were killed and 1 Armenian soldier was wounded. Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defence announced that 3 soldiers were wounded in Armenia's provocation.
Source: Ihlas News Agency