Azeri President Blasts International Community Over Karabakh

BAKU (—Azeri President Ilham Aliyev has accused the international community of indifference toward Azerbaijan’s position in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Certainly, when our interests are ignored, the occupation of our lands is not taken into account and attempts are made to help the occupying country get out of its tough economic state, the Azerbaijani community cannot accept this,” Aliyev told an expanded session of his Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday.

The session was devoted to socioeconomic development in the first quarter of the year and was televised on the government-run AzTV news channel.

“Why do they not put pressure on the occupying country? Why does Armenia spoil negotiations at a time when Azerbaijan is being highly constructive during talks? Why do we see attempts to help Armenia out of this difficult situation?” Aliyev said.

He also lambasted international efforts to normalize relations between Armenia and Turkey, claiming that the process was designed to help Armenia “relax.”

“The opening of the Turkish-Armenian border is the business of Turkey and Armenia and no one should interfere,” he said.

Aliyev said that Azerbaijan is waiting for Armenia to respond to the latest set of proposals from the OSCE Minsk Group.

“We are at the stage when they must respond to the proposals of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group,” Ilham Aliyev said.

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said on March 29 that Armenia had adopted the OSCE’s Madrid principles as a basis for negotiations two years ago and the updated principles remained the same.


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