“The Armenian armed force located in the Garabagh region of Azerbaijan made several military provocations and acts of terror on 19 September, and our country initiated local anti-terror measures in response to those provocations,” Speaker of the Azerbaijani Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova said in her remarks at the opening ceremony of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly Standing Committee for Social and Cultural Affairs in Baku, APA reports.
According to Sahiba Gafarova, the purpose of the measures was to disarm the Armenian armed forces and to remove from the Azerbaijani territories, to render their military infrastructure harmless, to provide the security of civilian populations and to restore the constitutional order of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Speaker of the Milli Majlis then noted that, upon consideration of an appeal from the delegates of the Armenian residents of Azerbaijan’s Garabagh region and on the stated terms and condition, an arrangement was reached yesterday to halt the local anti-terror measures.
As for a dialogue with those delegates, due to be resumed today, Sahiba Gafarova said she hoped that the dialogue would culminate in that populace’s reintegration with the Azerbaijani society and, in turn, Armenia’s conducting itself responsibly within the frameworks of the normalisation process and the signing of a peace treaty, ultimately, to bring lasting peace and stability to our region.
Armenia’s course of action has been the opposite of Azerbaijan’s strong will and consistent steps taken to achieve lasting peace and stability, Sahiba Gafarova recalled. Backtracking on existing arrangements, finding new excuses every time, the avoidance of hands-on negotiations, military-political provocations and the attempts to keep afloat the illegal separatist regime formed in our territories in every way possible have all added up to an unchanging pattern of behaviour on Armenia’s part over the two years and a half past, according to Sahiba Gafarova.
Azerbaijan had repeated demanded that Armenia withdrew its troops numbering more than 10,000 from the Azerbaijani territory unconditionally and completely, and dissolved the fake regime Armenia had fostered and sustained. Azerbaijan had reiterated as often that those were the staple conditions precedent to achieving peace and stability in the region, said the Speaker of the Milli Majlis.