Aliyev: Azerbaijan’s Main Enemy is the Armenian Lobby

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev speaks at a cabinet meeting in Baku on July 13, 2015 (Source: RFE/RL)
Azeri President Ilham Aliyev speaks at a cabinet meeting in Baku on July 13, 2015 (Source: RFE/RL)

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev speaks at a cabinet meeting in Baku on July 13, 2015 (Source: RFE/RL)

BAKU (APA)—President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has stated that his country’s main enemy is the Armenian lobby. “The Armenian lobby is trying to prove that there is no democracy in Azerbaijan and that human rights are allegedly violated regularly, thus the Armenian minority can’t live here in the future. It’s complete nonsense.” Aliyev made the remarks on Tuesday during a meeting with board members of his Press Council, APA reports.

“Azerbaijan is a multinational and multi-confessional country. People of all nationalities and religions coexist in a state of brotherhood in Azerbaijan. Unique conditions were created in our country and it can be an example for many countries. However, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the main thesis behind this propaganda and anti-Azerbaijani campaign. Therefore, we should promote Azerbaijan as modern, progressive, open, tolerant country in the world’s media. We should also highlight both the historical realities and Azerbaijan’s position on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” Aliyev stated.

“It was Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh, backed by Armenia, who launched the aggression against Azerbaijan,” he said. “The first victims of that conflict were Azerbaijanis. This aggression resulted in ethnic cleansing and genocide in Khodjaly, and the occupation of almost 20 percent of our territory. And there can be no justification of this occupation.”

According to Aliyev, the Armenian people suffer from a criminal regime of dictatorship.

“This regime has put the Armenian people in a terrible situation, that in order to overcome it, you may need 100 years. However, the Armenian lobby day and night are trying to slander Azerbaijan, to undermine its authority. They have broad financial resources. They are closely connected with the authorities of their countries where they donate to the legislators under the name of “lobbying.” But, in fact, it is a bribe. Thus, the Armenian lobby is at the forefront of an organized campaign against us.”

Aliyev also claimed that Nagorno-Karabakh as well as Armenia are both native Azerbaijani land. According to him, “the names of the absolute majority of towns and villages in the territory of present-day Armenia are of Azerbaijani origin, the Azerbaijani people for centuries lived in these lands.”


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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    Sadly, some Armenian mass media inadvertently help Aliev by quoting him too much, and not providing the needed corrections. Please note one thing here:
    There’s no “Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict”, or “Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict”, for that matter. The war was started by them against Artsakh (they used military force against people who were attending a referendum). So, assuming it’s OK to use the name “Azerbaijan” that was so grossly misapplied by Turks and Communists, the correct term would be “Azerbaijani-Artsakh conflict”, or “the conflict between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh”.

  2. Lena Brown said:

    This man , Aliyev, seriously need education. He even doesn’t know his own country’s history and his origin.
    Few hundred years ago Turkish trypes (or gypsies) established in a area, adopted Iranian Azerbaijani name and declared themselves as a native people. You can’t easily fake the history.
    Azerbaijani language is a Turkish dialect.
    When Armenia was one of the oldest civilised country In the world didn’t exist Turckish name.
    Aliyev thinks smell of oil will give him the quality of civilisation and right to creat the fantasy history.
    What a waist of time.

  3. ThornOnTheSide said:

    Speaking of name origins ‘NakhIchevan’ is Armenian, referring to the first city built after Noah’s Ark settled on Armenia’s mountain mount Ararat. Unless azeris are of Armenian origin, then NakhIchevan should also be returned to Armenia, its rightful owner.

  4. zarkim said:

    Mr Aliyev is/was in possession of stolen goods (Land from Armenia). Like Ancient Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh and the REST…… Possession of property obtained by crime.
    In the United States, Receipt of stolen property is a federal crime. So, even Americana’s understand this fact very well.
    Mr Aliyev has no right to complain or to act to get back the Azeri stolen goods. It was never theirs….
    Is it ever okay for a Mongolian to steal? No.

  5. serop said:

    How can one respond to such extreme levels of ignorance?
    These people base their accusations on a falsified history, the minute you try to engage them intellectually out come a barrage of general statements without any credible sources or verifications.
    Their brother nation Turkey is reported in most international news sources claiming Muslims discovered USA, and that based on genetic research and language the Turks are in fact ancestors of the native Indian people of USA.
    Now try and argue with these people.
    The level of falsifications especially in Azerbaijan runs from the highest levels to ordinary school teachers, much like the process Attaturk began after 1925, which did huge damage to Turkish identity and to this day brainwashed masses that refuse to accept even solid historica facts as “Ermeni” propaganda

  6. ara said:

    Hey azeri- u still occupy lots of our lands- we are coming- make no mistake about it-

  7. hye said:

    of course, because Armenia’s government is in Russia’s pocket and most of their actions are to weaken Armenia.

  8. Edward Demian said:

    Azerbaijan should be dismembered into its ethnic components. The Alans, the Talish, the Kurds, the Persians , all need their ethnic enclave, under one Caucasian confederation, sharing the wealth.

  9. Meroozh said:

    How come when this Aliyev guy says any nonsensical material, you guys quote it, without saying how ridiculous and stupid it is. In a way you pay homage to him, instead of suggesting how delusional and psychotic he is. I know you write trivialities about people affiliated with ARF; but you seem to give forum to this guy to even a greater degree.

    The neutral reader may believe and be swayed by his thrashy, Turkic throat. Please avoid quoting this guy or write it in a way as to show how much of a lunatic this guy is.

  10. derder said:

    aliev im marsaz jashe ger te geshdanas .. sdakhos anbedk “araradz”…. your nose is growing just like your himar brother eshag erdogan…

  11. Raffi said:

    This man is insane, he’s a clinical case. same as Edogan, they both have real psychic problems

  12. vartan said: