The Azerbaijani government issued a statement this Monday on the occasion of the 2020 anniversary of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh “ready” to normalize diplomatic relations with Armenia if the principles of international law are “strictly observed”.
“Azerbaijan is ready to normalize relations with Armenia in strict compliance with the principles of international law, in particular sovereignty, territorial integrity and the inviolability of international borders,” said the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
“We ask Armenia to respect these fundamental principles in order to guarantee peace, security and prosperity in the region and to fulfill its international obligations,” it added in a statement posted on its website.
So he commemorated the anniversary of the conflict and stressed that countering a “military provocation” of Armenia was an act of “legitimate defense” while at the same time ensuring that its intervention was “in full” compliance with international law Security of civilians in the region and “prevents further military aggression” from Armenia.
The decision of Azerbaijan ushered in what the government called the Patriotic War, which lasted 44 days and “ended almost 30 years of Armenian aggression” and “restored the fundamental rights of almost one million displaced Azerbaijan in the region”.
“The end of the occupation of Azerbaijani territories has revealed the entirety of the illegal activities of Armenia over decades, including the deliberate dismantling, destruction or theft of the historical, cultural and religious heritage of Azerbaijan, the looting of its resources and natural conditions and the destruction of the Infrastructure, among other violations of international law, “he defended.
With this in mind, Baku has stressed that “evidence of the numerous war crimes committed in Armenia has been exposed” and recalled that it recently called the international judiciary to resolve the matter before declaring that it had “taken the necessary measures takes to bring peace, security and prosperity to the region. “
Armenia and Azerbaijan staged a confrontation a year ago to take control of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-majority area that has been central since the decision in 1988 to separate from the Azerbaijani region integrated into the Soviet Union of the conflict.
The hostilities between the two nations lasted six weeks and killed thousands. They finally stopped when the two countries, through Moscow’s mediation, agreed on a ceasefire that allowed Russian peacekeepers to settle in Nagorno-Karabakh for a period of five years.