‘Armenia Must Be Named Aggressor,’ Says Azeri Ruling Party Official

AhmadovBAKU (Today.az)—A leading member of Azerbaijan’s ruling New Azerbaijan Party on Monday called on the OSCE Minsk Group mediating the Karabakh conflict to officially label Armenia as an “aggressor country.”

“We can not achieve a just solution to the conflict until the OSCE Minsk Group, set up to resolve Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, recognizes Armenia as an aggressor country,” New Azerbaijan Party Deputy Chairman Ali Ahmadov said.  
“This conflict began as a result of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan. This solution lies in eliminating consequences of this aggression if we want a just solution,” he said.

“If aggression is not mentioned at all and the mediators and the OSCE Minsk Group, set up to solve this conflict do not call a spade a spade, namely, do not call an aggressor an aggressor, how and by what principles they are going to solve this conflict?,” Ahmadov said.

All those who make efforts to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should call those responsible by name and take measures to punish them, he added.

Azerbaijan invaded the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in the early 90s after the indigenous Armenian territory, trapped under Soviet Azeri rule for seven decades, declared its independence from the collapsing Soviet Union. Azeri forces were expelled from Karabakh in 1994 and a Russian brokered ceasefire that year brought an end to the fighting. The OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the US, France, and Russia, has been working with Armenia and Azerbaijan since then to find a resolution to the conflict.

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