ArmInfo. Official Baku reacted to yesterday's statement by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Stepanakert, accusing him of hypocrisy.
Thus, two Azerbaijani structures reacted to the statement of the Armenian prime minister regarding the position of Yerevan on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Hikmet Hajiyev, the head of the foreign policy department of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, as haqqin.az informs, stated that Baku categorically rejects Pashinyan's statement that Karabakh is part of Armenia. "Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, it is the historical land of Azerbaijan and its integral part. The international community recognizes and supports the territorial integrity, including Nagorno-Karabakh, and the sovereignty of Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani state and people will never allow attempts to annex Nagorno-Karabakh by Armenia and violate the territorial integrity of our country through the military occupation by Armenia, "Hajiyev said, while assuring that Pashinyan's statements that Artsakh is Armenia and its appeals to unite it with Armenia is another open demonstration of the fact that "the true goal of Armenia is occupation.'' At the same time, Hajiyev expressed his conviction that calls to join Artsakh to Armenia should be regarded as irresponsibility and disrespect for the international community and, in particular, for the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, who are responsible for resolving the conflict through negotiation. At the same time, he assured that at the level of the Prime Minister, Armenia "insults and violates on international norms and principles, the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and destroys the negotiation process on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which is conducted through the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs." ''After this, the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group should answer the question about the future negotiation process. With this statement, the Prime Minister of Armenia refutes himself, and admits that his recent statements that he cannot speak on behalf of Nagorno-Karabakh are nothing but nonsense and lies. Thus, the Armenian leadership openly proves that its participation in the negotiations is nothing but hypocrisy and misleading the international community'', Hajiyev i said n particular.
The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan made a no less eloquent statement. "Despite the fact that his (Pashinyan's) statements were mainly intended for an internal audience, this does not give him any reason to commit annexationist attacks on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The aggressive statements of the Prime Minister of Armenia are in clear contradiction with the spirit and essence of the negotiations over the long years of settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including the discussions that took place during the recent meetings between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This is also a big blow to the negotiation process, mediated by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. Such statements by the political leader of Armenia, which are completely alien to the subject of many years of negotiations, do not correspond to the calls voiced by Armenia itself for an "exclusively peaceful resolution of the conflict". N. Pashinyan's speech in Stepanakert revealed his true face, "the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry noted in particular, assuring that Azerbaijan will never" reconcile with the occupation of its territories and continue its efforts to liberate the occupied territories. "