BAKU: President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan Will Restore Its Sovereignt


July 28, 2011

“I have reiterated Azerbaijan’s position related to the ways of
settling the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to Turkish
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and informed about the current
state of negotiations,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at
a news conference during Erdogan’s official visit to Azerbaijan. “I
would like to reiterate that the Azerbaijani people and the Azerbaijani
government are very grateful for Turkey’s position over this issue. It
is really friendly and brotherly attitude. We very much appreciate it.”

President Aliyev said the Azerbaijani lands are under occupation
for many years. More than 1 million Azerbaijanis were driven from
their native land and became refugees and IDPs as a result of this

“An ethnic cleansing policy was pursued against us. Armenians
committed genocide against the Azerbaijanis. They committed the
Khojaly genocide. Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity is recognized
by the international community, Nagorno-Karabakh is a primordial
and historical Azerbaijani lands. Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity
must be restored. Major international organizations have expressed
their position on the conflict resolution. The UN Security Council has
adopted four resolutions on this issue. The OSCE, European Parliament,
the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
have adopted fair decisions and these resolutions are the basis for
addressing this issue,” Aliyev said.

President Aliyev once again congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a
convincing victory of his party in the parliamentary elections. Aliyev
expressed gladness with Erdogan’s visit to Azerbaijan – his homeland
after a month after the election .

“The Turkish-Azerbaijani relations are at the highest level. These
relations are of strategic nature and based on the principles of
friendship and brotherhood. We are linked with the historical roots
and cultural ties, our past and current political interests. We are
very pleased that the Turkish- Azerbaijan relations are developing
rapidly, and talks and discussions that we had during the prime
minister’s visit once again demonstrate how close we are to each
other,” Ilham Aliyev said.

All the issues on the agenda have been discussed today and extensive
exchange of views has been held, President Aliyev underscored. “We
reiterate that political relations are at the highest level. I can
say that the relations are at the top. There are excellent prospects
in the economic sphere. I am very pleased that the trade turnover
between our countries has increased in 2011. There are new plans and
proposals. We are considering investment proposals. Turkish companies
invest in Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani companies invest in Turkey. To
date, the Azerbaijani companies have invested more than $ 4 billion
in the Turkish economy. Additional investments worth $ 6 billion
are supposed to be invested only in the petrochemical industry
in the coming years. The Turkish companies actively participate
in infrastructure projects of strategic importance implemented in
Azerbaijan and we are very pleased with their work,” he said.

“Moreover, we have today held an exchange of views on strengthening
security in the region. We talked about the prospects of the
Turkish-Azerbaijani cooperation in this field. Taking the advantage,
I would like to express my condolences to all the Turkish people
in connection with the deaths of our brothers in the recent bloody
terrorist attacks. We strongly condemn the acts of the terrorist
organization PKK. We have repeatedly stated our position on this
issue. Once again I want to say that Azerbaijan has officially
recognized the PKK as the terrorist organization and as always, is
close to the Turkish state and nation in the fight against it. We
strongly condemn all forms of terrorism and are absolutely convinced
that the fight against terrorism can only be effective if all states
work together. Our cooperation with Turkey in combating terrorism,
as well as in all areas, is at a very high level,” he said.

President Aliyev said they also spoke about energy issues.

“As you know, these relations have a long history. The
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline
are functioning successfully. We exchanged views on prospects for the
future. These are important issues for Turkey, and Azerbaijan. They
closely unite our countries. I believe the further cooperation will
also be successful.

The transport issues also occupy an important place in the
Turkey-Azerbaijan relations. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway construction
successfully runs. I would like to say that Azerbaijan has allocated
a loan worth nearly $800 million for the construction of the Georgian
railway, so that the issue was soon resolved and the railroad was
put into operation by late 2012.

Once again I want to say that our cooperation is high in all
areas. We hope that the rate will be maintained in the future and the
Turkish-Azerbaijani friendship and brotherhood relations will develop,”
Aliyev said.

President Aliyev also commented on President Serzh Sargsyan’s
statement, who said “We won the Nagorno-Karabakh, let the new
generation to even win Agri-Dagh”.

“Actually, I did not expect anything else from Sargsyan, since I
have met with him several times. I am well aware of his thinking. In
essence, it demonstrates Armenia’s aggressive nature. This country is
in the grip of problems. The number of those departing this country
hits tens of thousands of people. The economy is in full crisis –
poverty, destitution and hopelessness. No normal company operates in
the country. This country will die if it does not receive foreign
donations and foreign backers. Although the real population is 1.8
million, these people claim for ancestral, historical lands of Turkey.

“They think that they have solved the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. They
are wrong. Nagorno-Karabakh is and will remain as the Azerbaijani
land. The time will come, when Azerbaijan will restore its sovereignty
over Nagorno-Karabakh either by peaceful or military means.

But to voice territorial claims to such a great country as Turkey?! It
simply indicates that these people’ minds are missing something. They
do not live in the real world, but in a dream world. They need to wake
up from sleep, return to the real world and even to compare themselves
with Turkey. You cannot compare an elephant and an ant, “Aliyev said.