1 /2 The tragedy of Nagorno-Karabakh weighs upon the whole of the South Caucasus; Hikmet Hajiyev, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department, Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Sep 29, 2019, 12:40 AM
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1 of 2   Hikmet Hajiyev, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department, Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan:  The tragedy of Nagorno-Karabakh weighs upon the whole of the South Caucasus.  Soldiers’ sitting in trenches facing each other – same as World Wars I and II.   Unfortunately, Armenia is in blatant disregard of rules of warfare. What has it achieved for its occupation? Nothing, Worse, it's using vast amounts of Armenian resources, while many Armenia youngsters are spending a great part of their life in trench warfare.  JB: Excellent farm land – lavish roses, fabulous melons; but on the other side, it's barren.  HH: Marco Polo in the Twelfth Century remarked on what a fertile agricultural region this is.  We’ve managed to develop well with oil and gas and we're eager to share our prosperity with Armenia, which is suffering economically. UN demanded that Armenia withdraw its forces.  Ethnic cleansing of Azerbaijanis in Armenia.  We should live side by side in peace and dignity.  Otherwise, we have a dividing line, similar to during the Cold War.  JB:  The day before I arrived, an Azerbaijani young soldier was shot. Do these many provocations – sniper fire – help Armenia?  HH:  . . .  when 600 civilians were deliberately killed, including many old people. JB: The Armenian population is declining while the Azerbaijanis are having babies.  
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