ArmInfo.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev assures that he has settled the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and there is no conflict anymore. According to AzerTAc, Aliyev Jr. made this statement in his address to the nation.
" It is a historic victory. There is no Nagorno-Karabakh conflict anymore. If anyone thinks that the conflict continues, he is mistaken. People living in Nagorno-Karabakh today are citizens of Azerbaijan.
I want to once again say that they will see that their life in the sidelines of united Azerbaijani state will be good. They will get rid of this poverty. Look, we are now building a railway from Barda to Aghdam. The distance from Aghdam to Khankendi (Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh) is 20-30 kilometers. How long will it take to get from the capital of Armenia to Khankendi?, "Aliyev said, adding that today it is necessary to build your strategy, take tactical actions so that from now on there will be no source of threat in this region.
He also recalled that in the ninth paragraph of the trilateral statement of November 9, it is indicated that all economic and transport ties are being restored in the region. "In order to organize the unimpeded movement of citizens, vehicles and goods in both directions, the Republic of Armenia guarantees the safety of transport links between the western regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Control over transport links is carried out by the bodies of the Border Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia and, by agreement of the parties, construction will be ensured connecting the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic with the western regions of Azerbaijan," the President of Azerbaijan continued, while boasting that this 9th point was included in the Statement solely at his insistence.
In this regard, he was also forced to admit that in the peace plan, which had been discussed for many years, there was no such clear and specific provision, it was assumed that all communications would be opened, but about the corridor that would connect the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic with the main part of Azerbaijan, out of the question.
At the same time, Aliyev assured that this corridor would be absolutely safe. "At the same time, the second issue is the construction, by agreement of the parties, of new transport communications connecting the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic with the western regions of Azerbaijan. For a complete and future- oriented solution of this issue, an additional point was included. Namely, if necessary, there should be two corridors. We are taking Nakhchivan out of the encirclement, at the same time opening a new transport artery. I can say that all countries will only benefit from this. Azerbaijan is connecting with its integral part - Nakhchivan.
Azerbaijan connects with Turkey. Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran and, Armenia, if it wants, can also connect to this corridor. Thus, a new five-sided cooperation platform can be created in the region. I have already brought this idea to the attention of the presidents of Russia and Turkey. Both Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin reacted positively to this," the President of Azerbaijan said, assuring that Azerbaijan is ready for cooperation.
Aliyev said that among the issues specified in the ninth paragraph, the priority for the country is the issue of connecting Azerbaijan with the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and at the same time creating a new transport corridor between Azerbaijan and Turkey. "As you know, several years ago we put into operation the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. This is already a railway connection between Turkey and Azerbaijan. If this project is implemented as well - I am sure it will happen - it will be a new link, and each of the five countries can benefit from this.
What could be better than this project for regional security and cooperation? Nothing. Today, on December 1, -we already see the development of these works. I can say that the Azerbaijan Railways Closed Joint Stock Company has already been instructed to analyze the Horadiz-Zangilan railway, which was destroyed by the hated enemy, and to make preliminary calculations. At the same time, during the visit of the delegation of the Russian Federation to Azerbaijan, issues of the restoration of railways were discussed, "Aliyev summed up.