Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said today, September 30, that the negotiations on Karabakh, which Baku hoped for, have not yielded results, and therefore now “calls for dialogue are meaningless”.
The President met on Wednesday with Azerbaijani servicemen wounded in combat operations in Karabakh at the Central Clinical Hospital in Baku.
“We had hoped (for the negotiation process. We were given that hope, signals were sent to us, saying be patient, the issue will be resolved. But I said that the Azerbaijani people will not accept the occupation. After all, I said that if there is no success in negotiations, Azerbaijan has every right to solve the issue through military means. The Azerbaijani people and norms of international law gave us this right”, Aliyev said.
According to him, “there is a format of international negotiations, which, unfortunately, does not give any result”.
“Therefore, I believe that calls of any party for dialogue are inappropriate. International organizations, the UN do it, and we naturally accept it. The OSCE does it, because they also have a mandate. And those who just say – start a dialogue, and we will help, there is no need for that. This is the moment of truth,” Aliyev concluded.
As EADaily reported, on the eve of September 29, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on the air of the “60 minutes” program on the “Russia 1” channel that an appropriate atmosphere is needed to resume negotiations on Karabakh conflict resolution. “I hope that the events of recent days will convince Azerbaijan that there is no and there can be no military solution to the conflict. There is only a peaceful solution and negotiations. And any solution must be acceptable not only for Azerbaijan but also for Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh,” the prime minister said. Then he touched upon the issue of resuming the negotiation process, stressing that it should continue where it started – in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group. But at the same time, it is difficult to talk about the negotiations now, especially their content, when military operations are going on, Pashinyan mentioned, pointing out that “first of all, it is necessary to stop the violence”.
Let us remind that on September 27 Azerbaijan started intensive shelling of the settlements in Nagorno Karabakh, including Stepanakert, passing to the offensive along the whole line of contact in the Karabakh conflict zone. The operations, called “counteroffensive” in Baku, are conducted in the northern, eastern, and southeastern parts of the front. Martial law and general mobilization have been declared in Armenia. Azerbaijan has also announced martial law and partial mobilization on its territory.