Armenia Urges Artsakh Recognition as Aliyev Calls for ‘Reclaiming’ Yerevan, Meghri

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (Photo: Reuters)
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (Photo: Reuters)

YEREVAN, BAKU—Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan on Monday once again urged the international community to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in light of comments made over the weekend by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev who said that Azerbaijan will one day claim its “historic lands,” referring to Yerevan and Meghri.

“Unsubstantiated claims by Azerbaijan regarding the territories of Armenia openly prove why the international community should recognize the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, whereas Azerbaijan should bear international responsibility for the aggression unleashed against the self-determined Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and its consequences,” Kocharyan told Armenpress in response to Aliyev’s remarks.

Speaking to an audience in the Terter region of Azerbaijan on Sunday, Aliyev said while his country will not claim any territory from Armenia through the use of military force, a strong Azerbaijan will ensure that reclaim “all our historic lands.”

“Today, we are not claiming any in the modern Republic of Armenia. We do not intend to reclaim Yerevan, Meghri, Goris through military force, but I’m sure that time will come, and we, Azerbaijanis, will return to all our historic lands,” said Aliyev.

The Azerbaijani leader said that his country will see that day through consistent policies and through peaceful means urging each Azerbaijani citizen to engage in this process.

“The main factor [for success] is strength. This is true. We live in the real world. So we have to become even stronger, to create a more powerful army. The economy should become stronger and develop faster,” said Aliyev noting the population growth of his country, which he said would be upward of 10 million people in “a few years.”

He also cited the continued depopulation of Armenia as an impetus for Azerbaijan to “return to our lands.” This approach, Aliyev added, is steeped in a “well-defined strategic policy,” which he claimed is already in place in Baku and would see its fruition through taking “take tactical steps every year.”

“First, it is a historical question. Second, a fair question. We stand for justice and the need to restore our territorial integrity. We can never allow a second Armenian state to be created on our soil. On the contrary, we must try and will try to increase the power of our country, to strengthen it, and to achieve this goal,” explained Aliyev.

The Azerbaijani president’s remarks also sparked outrage in Stepanakert where Artsakh’s president spokesperson David Babayan called the statement the work of a mad man.

“The statement shows that Azerbaijan is a fascist state with an expansionist policy that operates with a psychology of an occupant. This is a behavior characteristic of a criminal We must be strong when dealing with such a state in order to maintain peace and stability and to prevent that epidemic from spreading in the region,” said Babayan.


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  1. Ararat said:

    This donkey-brain and fake president of the artificial state of Azerbaijan is a racist coward. When he had the opportunity to show his “strength” and his “courage” he was hiding in Moscow while all current and past Armenian leaders were in uniform on the front lines fighting as soldiers and commanders sending his countrymen back to Baku in body bags. He must be reminded that courage is not acquired by petrodollars and that he is the same coward imbecile as he was a quarter century ago.

    He can afford to speak such nonsense and send his illiterate, unsuspecting, gullible and brainwashed people to die for a piece of land that is not and has never been part of this artificially invented Azerbaijani state because he has no clue what wars are all about, he has neither been in one nor has he never experienced one. If he is trying to act as an example of a “patriot” and be a symbol of “patriotism” for his politically-ignorant peasant population then he has got a lot more to lose.

    His belligerent and deliberate anti-Armenian racist rants are for internal consumption because they only resonate with his uneducated and institutionally-brainwashed population and are meant to shift attention from internal problems onto the common “enemy” or “dushamn” as the term they use to refer to Armenians in order to continue to remain in power and rob the country blind. Despite all his racist nonsense, we must learn something important from this “paper tiger” and that is we must never trust him for if we do we will put the population of Artsakh in danger. This idiot, coward and racist psychopath should only be trusted when he is thirty feet deep in the ground.

    I wish for peace in the region with all remaining occupied Armenian territories liberated but if push comes to shove then I look forward to watching Armenian forces, with no hesitation, to put to use newly-acquired long range missiles armed with nuclear warheads and shut this coward for good.

  2. Հայկազ Պետրոսեան said:

    Mr. Kocharian Armenia without Armenians will be an empty land and any crazy, stupid leader like Aliyev can say such a thing. Stop migration.

  3. Raffi said:

    How come nobody asks this idiot from where Armenians came from, and where is Armenian land.

  4. Raffi said:

    Now people can see why the world is in such a deep shit, it is because of the caliber of today’s idiotic politicians

  5. Armen said:

    It took Azerbaijan 20 years to capture 3000 hectares of land. At the rate they are going they will overrun Armenia in 23000 years. Luckily for Aliyev his presidency will still be in effect by then.

  6. Edward said:

    I am not surprised at all. Azeris have been brainwashed with the notion of this Azeri ancestral lands for a long time. They assume their Seljuk invaded lands are their ancestral lands. This is what happens when hundreds of thousands of Armenians decide to leave the country. We can’t because the Ottoman empire is still alive. Armenians must all join together from all around the world and our country’s economy needs a boost. If not then it will be possible that the fascist and authoritarian regime maybe succeed. Turkey continues to try to weaken Armenia. Armenia has no choice except to unify and increase its own population. We must not become the prey because of the predator wants exactly that.

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