He was commenting on Sargsyan’s statement in Astana.
“Sargsyan thinks that whatever he says, everyone will believe. As he is accustomed to telling lies, the Armenian president, instead of holding discussions at the Astana summit of the Eurasian Economic Union member countries, states that allegedly Azerbaijan appealed to Moscow to intervene in combat operations on the contact line in early April,” Mammadov noted.
Telling so much lies, Sargsyan shows that he even bears no responsibility for the people of Armenia, according to Azerbaijan’s top official.
Mammadov emphasized that Sargsyan appealed to Moscow and got in touch with Russia’s defense minister and chief of the Russian general staff to influence Azerbaijan to stop the counteroffensive in April. “Forgetting about all this, Sargsyan is busy making such statements,” he said.
He recalled that Sargsyan earlier told Bloomberg that war can break out at any moment.
“Because of the fact that he if aware of the responsibility for the occupation and the crimes committed, Sargsyan thinks that war can break out at any moment. But a president should think about his people’s fate and not sacrifice all for his own interests,” Mammadov said, noting that Sargsyan is doing the opposite, trying to maintain the status quo for his own interest.
“He seems to enjoy inventing lie and slander. At the same time, like he said in his interview to Bloomberg, he sometimes thinks war may erupt. He needs to know that Azerbaijan’s occupied territories have to be freed. We want those territories freed through negotiations. Otherwise, we will liberate them ourselves, even if it be by the way Sargsyan mentioned,” the top official concluded.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includesNagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam,Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.