President Ilham Aliyev: Armenia carried out policy of ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijan

Baku: “The territorial integrity of a state is a fundamental principle of international law, no discrimination in this respect can be allowed”

We exchanged our views on regional security issues. I informed my Vietnamese counterpart about the developments going on the region. I noted that the main thing to do for the regional security is the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Unfortunately, this problem still remains unsettled for many years.

Though the UN Security Council adopted four resolutions urging Armenian armed forces to immediately and unconditionally withdraw from Azerbaijani lands, Armenia ignores them and continues the occupation, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told reporters after the signing of the Azerbaijani-Vietnamese documents on May 14.

President Aliyev noted that more than one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and IDPs in their native lands as a result of the occupation and ethnic cleansing.

“Armenia conducted a policy of ethnic cleansing against us. 20 percent of our territories are still under occupation,” the head of state added.

He recalled that many international organizations have expressed their fair position on this issue.

“The UN, the UN Security Council, OSCE, European Parliament, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Non-Aligned Movement – all these prestigious organizations, supporting Azerbaijan’s just cause, took appropriate decisions and adopted appropriate resolutions,” President Aliyev underlined.

The president stressed that this issue and all other issues must be resolved on the basis of the international law.

“The territorial integrity of a state is a fundamental principle of international law. The international community must demonstrate a unified approach toward the issue. There should be no discrimination. The territorial integrity of all countries should be regulated on the basis of a unified approach,” the head of state noted.