KHAZAR IBRAHIM: "AZERBAIJAN HAS NEVER SPOKEN OF OCCUPATION OF THE LANDS OF OTHER COUNTRIES BUT STRESSED THE NEED TO RESTORE ITS OWN TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY"

Today.Az
July 14 2008
Azerbaijan

The points of the Helsinki final act of 1975, the Armenian Foreign
Ministry likes to refer to, demonstrate the correctness of Azerbaijan's
position, said spokesman for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Khazar
Ibrahim at a traditional briefing in the Ministry.

As for reference to points 2, 4 and 8 of the Helsinki final act by
the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Kh.Ibrahim noted that according to the
second paragraph, no state can use force against other states. Armenia
has already violated this principle, occupying 20% of Azerbaijani
territory.

"By his words, Nalbandyan shows that Armenia is a country, which
occupied a territory of another state, as the second paragraph
states the inadmissibility of use of force by one country against the
other. The most important is that Azerbaijan has never announced the
plans to occupy the territory of the other country. Azerbaijan has
always declared intentions to restore the integrity of its territory
and this process will take place in the framework of Azerbaijani lands,
said Ibrahim.

He noted that the 4th point speaks of the territorial integrity of
the states and no state can doubt the territory of another state. He
said if Nalbandyan says this, the country, he represents, should take
due steps in this direction.

As for point 8, Kh.Ibrahim noted that it speaks of the
self-determination principle.

"This paragraph states in open that principle of self-determination
exists and should be executed on the basis of the UN charter in the
framework of the territorial integrity of the states.

All three points, Nalbandyan notes, prove Azerbaijan's adherence to
these principles. Moreover, we consider that authorized OSCE members
should adhere to these principles, while Armenia confirms by its
words that they have violated these principles and do not intend to
observe them", said he.

As for the steps of the Armenian Foreign Ministry taken for drawing
attention to the paragraphs of the Helsinki concluding act, for
the interpretation of these paragraphs coincide with Azerbaijan's
position, Kh.Ibrahim noted that Armenia, seeing Azerbaijan's open
advantage in this sphere, is obliged to repeat the paragraphs of the
Helsinki final act.

"However, even by repeating it, they are not able to substantiate
their position. They have chosen insults, to which we have already got
used. But there is no place for twaddling in the contemporary world",
resumed he.