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 Friday, September 25 2020 12:11

Diplomat: Aliyev tries to hedge against Armenia`s preemptive military  strike

Diplomat: Aliyev tries to hedge against Armenia`s preemptive military  strike

ArmInfo. Making statements of this kind and similar content, the President of Azerbaijan, in all likelihood, is trying to insure himself against a preemptive military  strike by Armenia. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by  former NKR Foreign Minister, Ambassador Extraordinary and  Plenipotentiary Arman Melikyan, commenting on Ilham Aliyev's  accusations against Armenia of delaying the resumption of the  negotiation process.

Melikyan recalled that all these years from Baku, as a rule, there  were similar statements about the right of Azerbaijan at any time,  through the initiation of hostilities, to establish control over the  territory of Artsakh.  A similar attempt - the "April war" was  undertaken by Aliyev, but ended in vain. In the same year, the  Azerbaijani army was generally defeated in the Tavush direction of  the border with Armenia.  "In this light, I would draw attention to  the fact that such a long-term aggressive attitude of Baku,  accompanied by periodic attempts at armed aggression, created a kind  of carte blanche for Armenia and Artsakh to initiate preventive  military strikes and actions at any moment. for us one of the  important results of such a long-term policy of Baku. In turn,  apparently realizing all this, Aliyev is trying to create the  impression that Armenia is going to start hostilities, "he stressed.

Returning to the prospects for the resumption of the negotiation  process, the diplomat stressed that for quite a long period Baku was  in a rather comfortable negotiating environment. This environment and  the approach of Yerevan, which provided for the transfer of  territories in exchange for Azerbaijan's recognition of the right of  Artsakh to self-determination within the borders of the NKAO, allowed  Baku to consider the settlement of the conflict exclusively within  the framework of the thesis on the preservation of the territorial  integrity of Azerbaijan.

According to him, this situation has somewhat changed with the change  of power in Yerevan. In particular, continuing to ignore the issue of  preserving the territorial integrity of Artsakh, on the other hand,  the Armenian authorities began to declare that Artsakh is Armenia.  This duality of behavior, in Melikyan's opinion, not only disrupted  the long-term Azerbaijani comfort, but also caused obvious confusion  in Baku.  "I suppose that through such a policy, the Armenian  leadership is trying to induce the Azerbaijani colleagues, in fact,  to reach a compromise. Refusal of the aforementioned desire of Baku  to consider the negotiations exclusively within the framework of the  territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. However, according to my  forecasts, it is not so easy to force Aliyev to retreat in front of  such political pressure it will work out, "the diplomat summed up.

Since 1992, the OSCE Minsk Group, represented by the co-chairs from  Russia, the United States and France, has been involved in the  settlement of the Karabakh conflict. At present, the settlement  process is nominally proceeding on the basis of the "Madrid  Principles", nominated by the OSCE Minsk Group co- chairs in 2007 in  Madrid and updated in 2009, which, among other things, provide for  the deployment of a peacekeeping contingent in the conflict zone. The  OSCE Minsk Group also includes Belarus, Germany, Italy, Sweden,  Finland and Turkey, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan.


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