According to him, the Azerbaijani people, Azerbaijani president will not give up even an inch of land.
“Everyone— Armenia, the international community, the co-chairs—must understand it. The Azerbaijani president and the Foreign Ministry have said it many times. But they don’t hear us, nor do they want to. The April clashes showed that the status quo is unacceptable,” he stressed.
The diplomat said that at the Vienna meeting the presidents agreed to resume the talks in June.
“There were various proposals about where the meeting would take place. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s website published information Thursday that a trilateral meeting is to take place in Saint Petersburg, but for some reason this information was later deleted from the website. I’m not authorized to speak of where and when the meeting will be held. But I think it will take place in June. This meeting is very important for us because during it vectors of future steps towards the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakhconflict will be determined,” he said.
The ambassador recalled that a few years ago Azerbaijani intellectuals were visiting Karabakh, but then Armenian violated this format. “They have publicly stated that this format does not satisfy them,” said Bulbuloghlu.
The ambassador also responded to criticism from the Armenian side.
“I know that my speeches dissatisfy the Armenian side. However, their criticism encourages me more. They try to present black as white, but there are the resolutions of the UN Security Council, as well as the Council of Europe, which confirm the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and demand unconditional withdrawal of Armenian troops from those territories. Azerbaijan is right both as a country and subject of the international law. Whatever Armenian diplomats say, justice will be restored and the occupied Azerbaijani territories will be liberated,” he added.
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.