Hikmet Hajiyev: “Armenia’s new National Security Strategy is heavy blow to Garabagh negotiations”

# 14:44
12 August 2020

“New national security strategy of Armenia repeatedly refers to the principle of self-determination of peoples. It is noted that the so-called structure’s right to self-determination must be unconditionally recognized,” said Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev as he commented on Armenia’s new national security strategy, APA reports.

The assistant to the President of Azerbaijan noted that Armenia is trying to cover up the fact of occupation with the principle of self-determination: "Under no circumstances can this principle apply to the Nagorno Garabagh region of Azerbaijan. This is occupation, not self-determination. The conflict must be resolved within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and there is no alternative to this. As President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said, “the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan has never been and will not be negotiable. Azerbaijan will not allow for the establishment of a second Armenian state on its territory.”

This strategic document, which requires an unconditional and unlimited right of the so-called structure to self-determination and recognizes this illegal regime as a “free country”, is in itself yet another heavy blow on the part of Armenia to the process of negotiations mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group. I believe that the co-chairs and the international community as a whole should issue a reaction to this document.”

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