ELMAR MAMMADYAROV: "AGGRESSIVE SEPARATISM, NATIONAL AND ETHNIC CONFLICTS IMPEDE REGIONAL COOPERATION"

APA, Azerbaijan
Aug 15 2013

[ 15 August 2013 12:16 ]

Baku-APA. "While speaking about regional cooperation, it is impossible
not to speak about the factors impeding this cooperation.

Aggressive separatism, national and ethnic conflicts, steps
aiming to forcedly change the territorial integrity and the
internationally-recognized borders of our states should be regarded
as serious threats," Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov
said addressing Gabala meeting of Foreign Ministers Council of the
Cooperation Council of the Turkic-Speaking States, APA reports.

According to the Minister, Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict caused by
Armenia's military aggression lasting for more than 20 years and
groundless territorial claims prove this.

"As a result of ethnic cleansing policy pursued by Armenia, 20 percent
of Azerbaijan's territory is under occupation, one in every nine is
a refugee, or IDP. We want Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict to be solved
basing on the norms and principles of the international law, especially
four resolutions of the UN Security Council demanding immediate and
unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied
territories. I would like to express my gratitude to the member states
supporting Azerbaijan's efforts towards fair solution of the conflict
within Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty," he said.