“Present-Day Armenia is, in fact, Historic Azerbaijan,” Says Aliyev. “In the future we will return to our historical lands”
BAKU, YEREVAN—Azeri President Ilham Aliyev once again reiterated the absurd claim that all of present-day Armenia is Azerbaijan’s historic territory vowing that the future will see a return of those lands. His remarks come days before a scheduled meeting between the Armenian and Azeri foreign ministers over the Karabakh conflict and days after a Karabakh soldier was killed while repelling a two-pronged attack by Azeri forces on the Karabakh-Azerbaijan border.
“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again now: in the future Azerbaijanis will return all the historic land. Our historical lands are not limited to Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions. If we look at the statistics are not so distant history—the 19th century—we can see that the area was populated by the Azerbaijanis is very extensive. Present-day Armenia is, in fact, historic territory of Azerbaijan. Therefore, in the future we will return to our historic land. Let young people and children know it. We must live, we live, and we will live with this idea,” proclaimed Aliyev during an address he made to so-called Azeri refugees.
Aliyev restated his claims that Armenians have occupied Azeri territory for 20 years.
“But 20 years is not such a long time. We should look ahead—what will happen in 20, 30, 50 years—as Azerbaijan will develop. I am sure that we will return to our historical lands in near future. Then historical justice will be restored completely. At the first stage should be released the occupied lands. Azerbaijanis will live in Nagorno-Karabakh, and then in other places. We should all try to bring that day closer,” said Aliyev.
Ahead of talks between Eduard Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov scheduled for Friday in Paris, Yerevan and Stepanakert said Azerbaijan is posing obstacles to the peace process through attacks and statements.
At a news conference Wednesday, Nalbandian said Baku was creating “additional obstacles” in the peace process. “But we must continue the negotiation process because there is no alternative to that,” He did not comment on Aliyev’s claims about “historic lands.”