MFA: Azerbaijan restores internationally recognized borders
(MENAFN – AzerNews) By Vafa Ismayilova
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Leyla Abdullayeva said Azerbaijan was re-establishing its internationally recognized borders, the Foreign Ministry reported on May 20.
Abdullayeva made the remarks while commenting on a statement by a spokesperson for the Indian Foreign Ministry on recent developments along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
Restoration of internationally recognized borders
“Let me first point out that the main reason for the border problems between Armenia and Azerbaijan is the illegal occupation by Armenia of Azerbaijani territories until November 2020. It is therefore Armenia that violated the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan. And now Azerbaijan is only restoring its internationally recognized borders, ”Abdullayea said.
She reaffirmed that Azerbaijan continues its work on the border protection system within the framework of the territorial integrity of the country and that this process is carried out on the basis of maps available for each of the parties that define the border between Azerbaijan. Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“Several disagreements have arisen between the parties earlier on border issues, and all have been settled through negotiations between the parties to the trilateral declarations,” Abdullayeva said.
The spokesman described as “rather strange” the lack of appeal by the Indian Foreign Ministry over the past 30 years to demand the withdrawal of the Armenian occupation forces from Azerbaijani territories.
“And [it] now talking about withdrawing the forces. Apparently, this latest statement was made without proper in-depth consideration of the different dimensions of this issue, ”the spokesperson said.
Abdullayeva said that “Azerbaijan has always called and continues to call for full respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of states. We believe that mutual respect and strict adherence to these principles is the only way to settle any dispute and establish genuine good neighborly relations. “
She underlined that Azerbaijan, as the current president of the Non-Aligned Movement, has made the promotion of the Bandung Principles one of the priorities of its presidency.
“These principles have contributed to the promotion of justice and equality in international relations and have ensured respect for the norms and principles of international law. All attempts that undermine the unity within the Movement of countries not aligned are deplorable, ”she said.
Xenophobia on the rise in Armenia
Abdullayeva highlighted the rise of intolerance and xenophobia in Armenia.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing a dramatic rise in intolerance and xenophobia in Armenia. What is particularly disturbing is that this trend not only targets Azerbaijan but now covers any nation or group that dares to express even a slightly different opinion of an Armenian line. . In this country, Nazi collaborators are idolized and international terrorists are glorified. An incomprehensible act of vandalism has recently been committed against the monument to a world famous supporter of peace and tolerance, Mahatma Gandhi, “she said.
Abdullayeva said such extremist tendencies are dangerous and must be tackled immediately. “Armenia must be encouraged to abandon toxic ideas of national supremacy and territorial expansion. Armenia must finally begin to respect international law and make its key principles a basis for the normalization of relations with neighboring states. Only then will Armenia begin to benefit from the good neighborliness. and regional cooperation, ”the spokesperson said.
She stressed that Azerbaijan remains firmly committed to peace, security, regional development and cooperation on the basis of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders.
Hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia resumed after the latter began firing at Azerbaijani civilians and military positions from September 27, 2020. The war ended on November 10 with the signing of a trilateral peace agreement by the Azerbaijani, Russian and Armenian leaders.
The peace agreement provided for the return of the Armenian-occupied areas of Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin to Azerbaijan. Prior to the signing of the agreement, the Azerbaijani army liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers and the historic town of Shusha. The signed agreement forced Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands it has occupied since the early 1990s.
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