"We gave Armenia a chance, and our participation in the talks, as I have said before, was already the biggest concession on our part," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev at a meeting with a leadership and a group of military personnel of Azerbaijani Army on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day at Gulustan Palace.
"There could be no concessions on the matter of territorial integrity, and this position is clear. I have repeatedly informed the people of Azerbaijan that the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan was not and never would be a subject of negotiations. Nagorno-Karabakh is the land of Azerbaijan, and we must fully restore our territorial integrity. This position was supported by the people. There could be no other option. Our participation in the talks gave Armenia a chance to resolve this issue without bloodshed. But Armenia must have interpreted it differently. It may have thought that we were hesitant. It may have thought that we would not restore our territorial integrity. It may have thought that we could come to terms with this situation. However, I have repeatedly said that we would never come to terms with this situation and that we would restore our territorial integrity at any cost.
I can say that the mediators were also fed up with Armenia’s hypocritical position in the process of negotiations. Because Armenia and its leadership were trying to deceive the international mediators as well. They were putting forward conditions that everyone knew from the very beginning that they were completely unacceptable. I said that we would never allow for the establishment of a second Armenian state on our historical lands. The first Armenian state was established on our historical lands. The whole world knows this now. Historians know this. I said that if someone wants to create a second state for the Armenians, they should create it in their own territory, not in the territory of Azerbaijan. This position was based on historical justice. We stated it and gave Armenia a chance. But they did not take this opportunity," said Preisdent Ilham Aliyev.