Head of state: "We did not commit ethnic cleansing against Armenians"

Head of state: "We did not commit ethnic cleansing against Armenians"
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"I think it is possible, because I, as a President, say today and said many times that we want to live side by side. And if we did not want to live side by side why should I say that?", said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in his interview with BBC News on November 6 while answering a question on "Do you honestly expect a single Armenian to stay and remain in Nagorno-Karabakh, if you take control, and live under the rule of Azerbaijan?", APA reports.

"Today, as you know, Azerbaijani Army is winning the battle. Today, we liberate one city after another, one village after another. And in principle, anyone in Azerbaijan can say, look, they committed a genocide in Khojaly, they expelled Azerbaijanis from their native lands, they destroyed all our cities and villages", noted Ilham Aliyev.

"Armenians, of course, also claim that they were expelled, and they were the victims of massacres over the years", said the journalist.

Azerbaijani President responded: "From where have they been expelled? From where? They have not been expelled. We did not commit ethnic cleansing against Armenians. No. Armenians live in Azerbaijan. They expelled us not only from Nagorno-Karabakh, but from seven districts on the administrative border of Nagorno-Karabakh where Armenian population have never lived. They changed the names of the cities, of the villages."

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