Aliyev Says Autonomy to Karabakh is Biggest Concession

BAKU (Noyan Tapan)–During a speech Wednesday at the Kazakh parliament–Azeri president Gaidar Aliyev once again reiterated Azerbaijan’s willingness to grant Karabakh so-called "extended autonomy," with which Azerbaijan would be making the greatest concession of all in embattled Karabakh peace process.

Aliyev told Kazakh parliamentarians that alleged Russian arms sales to Armenia have severely complicated the peace process and the situation in the Caucasus.

He added that such violations were taking place by a country which co-chairs the Organization for Security and Cooperation’s Minsk Group.

The Azeri leader also stated that the alleged arms deal had taken place purportedly following the May 1994 cease fire.

Aliyev also stressed that Azerbaijan was strongly rooted in political resolution of the Karabakh conflict–once again–repeating Azeri deman’s of withdrawal from so-called "occupied territories" and return of all refugees or displaced persons.


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