Azeri MP criticizes Belgian Speaker’s Karabakh remarks
8 Apr 05
Baku, 7 April: The statement by the chairman of the Chamber of
Deputies of the Belgian parliament, Herman de Croo, that the Nagornyy
Karabakh conflict is like “a dispute between husband and wife” has
been criticized by Azerbaijani parliamentarians.
The chairman of the Compatriots Party, MP Mais Safarli, said in a
Thursday [7 April] meeting with Croo that such an approach to the
conflict is inappropriate. “Armenia is not our wife. It is common
knowledge that Armenia is Russia’s wife,” said Safarli, emphasizing
that the Nagornyy Karabakh conflict remains unsettled due to this.
Safarli noted that Russia has supplied Armenia with weapons worth some
1bn dollars over the past few years. “These arms pose a threat not
only to Azerbaijan and regional countries, but also to Europe,” said
Safarli. He added that it is worthless to speak of democracy and human
rights in Azerbaijan unless the Nagornyy Karabakh conflict is settled.