Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the search for a solution to the Karabakh conflict should go through a dialogue with Armenia, but with a basis for negotiations.
“We agree with this view that the problem with Armenia should be solved through dialogue, but there should be a basis for that. The Armenian Prime Minister should declare his commitment to the previous agreements according to which territories in Nagorno-Karabakh were recognized as occupied Azerbaijani territories,” Aliyev said in an interview with “Al-Arabiya” TV channel published today, October 4.
According to the Azerbaijani leader, for Baku to stop military operations, it is necessary to receive an apology from Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan who “called the occupied Azerbaijani lands Armenian”.
Apparently, Aliyev was referring to Pashinyan’s statement that “Karabakh is Armenia and dot” made in Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, in August 2019.
Recall that on September 27, Azerbaijan began intensive shelling of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including Stepanakert, stepping on the offensive along the 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.