Ilham Aliyev:”Azerbaijan supports the consolidation of efforts in the fight against international terrorism”

Baku: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has addressed at the 4th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in Shanghai, APA reports.

Touching security issues in Asia, Ilham Aliyev noted that safety measures in Asia are part of global security. “We support a complex approach to security. Issues such as the fight against terrorism, regional, energy, transport and information security, settlement of “frozen” conflicts are closely linked with each other and dictate the need to demonstrate a common position for the security of mankind”.

According to the President, Azerbaijan supports the consolidation of efforts in the fight against international terrorism. “Azerbaijan became a victim of terror. Only in the years of independence, the Armenian terrorist organizations under the leadership of Armenian state structures carried out more than 30 terrorist attacks against Azerbaijan, which killed more than 2,000 people,” said President Aliyev.

Ilham Aliyev said: “These terrorist acts are part of the aggressive policy of Armenia against Azerbaijan. As a result of this policy, 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories – Nagorno Karabakh, which is our historical land and surrounding 7 regions were occupied by Armenia. In these areas a policy of ethnic cleansing was carried out, more than 1 million people in the country have become refugees and IDPs. In February 1992 Armenian armed forces committed genocide against the civilians in Khojaly. As a result of this genocide 613 innocent people were killed. Today, over 10 countries have officially recognized the Khojaly genocide.

The international community and international organizations recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and advocate for a righteous settlement of the conflict in accordance with international law. There are four UN Security Council resolutions related to the conflict as well as the relevant decisions and resolutions were issued by the Non-Aligned Movement, the OSCE, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other international organizations. I also thank the CICA Member States in support of the peaceful settlement of the Armenian -Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh conflict on the basis of norms and principles of international law.

There is still no progress at the talks held with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group. Armenia is not interested in resolving the conflict. Our strong position is that the conflict should be resolved only in accordance with international law and within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity”.


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