Azeri President Warns of War if Peaceful Negotiations Stalemate

BAKU (RIA Novosti)–Speaking to a crowd during the Azeri National Holiday Novruz on March 22–President Ilham Aliyev warned that an Azeri-Armenian war may start any day.

"A war can break off any instant as there is no peace agreement between us. There is only a ceasefire–and ceasefire is a very delicate matter. There are violations of the arrangement. They run counter to our interests?as you all know–the achievemen’s we have made do not force us to break the ceasefire."

President Aliyev emphasized that Azerbaijan is anxious to see the Karabagh conflict peacefully settled. "Azerbaijan’s cause is just. We want to restore our territorial integrity on the basis of principles of international law and we shall achieve it. Let nobody has doubt of it. Simply–we want to solve it in the peaceful way–by negotiations. We hope that this way of negotiations will lead to settlement of the question. It cannot be otherwise."

Reiterating that the potential of peace talks has not run low yet–Aliyev said he does not doubt that a fair solution will be achieved and that "territorial integrity of Azerbaijan will be restored and more than one million of our refugees will return to their homelands."

Aliyev concluded–"Norms of international law should be main principles for each country. Azerbaijan did not occupy the lands of any other country. We do not want lands of others countries. However–we shall not give to anybody our lands. If we cannot achieve it in the peace way–a new position will be created–and in this case Azerbaijan will resort to other variants."


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