BAKU: `Several occupied regions may be returned this year’ – FM

Assa-Irada, Azerbaijan
Feb 3 2005

`Several occupied regions may be returned this year’ – Foreign Minister


`Opportunities exist for returning several Azerbaijani regions
occupied by Armenia this year, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov
told journalists on Wednesday. For this to happen, first of all, a
favorable attitude must be shown by the other party, he said.
Commenting on the fact that the OSCE fact-finding mission, which is
monitoring the occupied Azeri territories, is accompanied by the
so-called `foreign ministry official’ from the self-proclaimed Upper
Garabagh `republic’, Mammadyarov said that this individual is not an
observer and has no official status.*

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS