President: This issue was the main obstacle for Armenia

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“During almost three years of the negotiation process, Armenia always wanted to incorporate into the peace agreement a provision concerning the Armenian minority in Garabagh. Our position was that this is our internal business”.

Axar.az reports that President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev expressed this opinion in an interview with "Euronews" television.

“If they want to reflect on the issue of the Armenian minority in Azerbaijan, then, let us reflect on the issue of the Azerbaijani minority in Armenia, which was expelled thirty years ago. And, there were much more Azerbaijanis in Armenia than Armenians in Azerbaijan - almost 300,000. So, our position was that it must be reciprocal. Either we reflect these two issues of national minorities, their rights and security, including the right to return not only Armenians to return to Azerbaijan, but Azerbaijanis to return to Armenia. It doesn't matter that Azerbaijanis were expelled 30 years ago, and Armenians decided to leave two months ago. The fact is just it must be reciprocal, or we do not comment in our peace agreement about this issue. So, until now, we have not got from Armenia any clear understanding of that. So, if Armenia agrees to have either the same language for both national minorities or not to reflect it at all, then peace is reachable because this was a main obstacle for Armenia when they were negotiating with us. So, we will see how it goes. Frankly speaking, I don't see now any serious obstacle to sign a peace agreement from a logical point of view,” the Azerbaijani leader added.

2023.12.09 / 11:16
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