"Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani territories and its military presence in our occupied territories pose the biggest threat to peace and security in Azerbaijan and the region”
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarovmade the remarks in an interview to the French parliamentary magazine “Le Journal du Parlement” during his visit to France.
He said that during the Second World War, as between Germany and France, trenches were dug and soldiers stationed along the line of contact on the occupied territories.
"The Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has resulted from military aggression and occupation. The aggressive separatism, which began in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the late 1980s and was followed by terrorist acts, took the form of open military aggression by Armenia against Azerbaijan after the collapse of the USSR. By occupying the Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding districts, Armenia committed ethnic cleansing against more than one million Azerbaijanis. The delayed prevention of aggressive separatism, double standards have led to the tragedy that is present today. Therefore, serious measures should be taken against the separatist tendencies which are taking place today in Europe and it should be prevented. There be must be a definite and unequivocal position against all forms and manifestations of separatism," he said.
The minister added that the UN Security Council's four resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 adopted in 1993 are a clear and unequivocal position of the international community on Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijan.
"The resolutions once again confirm Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, inviolability of its borders and that Nagorno-Karabakh is Azerbaijan’s integral part, and demands the invader to immediately and fully withdraw from all occupied Azerbaijani territories. These resolutions are the basis of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs mandate, including France. The withdrawal of the Armenian troops from Azerbaijan's occupied territories should be ensured and the military risk factor should be eliminated to achieve progress in the conflict’s political solution," he said.