In an interview with Russian RBC TV channel, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the first phase of the military operation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region is completed and the prospects of peace depend on the readiness of Armenia to accept the fact that these territories do not belong to it.
“The military unit, or its first part, has come to an end. Now we have reached a political settlement that will ensure that we reach the end and get what rightfully belongs to us,” Aliyev said.
For a peaceful solution to the conflict, Azerbaijan and Armenia will sit down at the negotiating table with the support of the OSCE Minsk Group. The Azerbaijani side is allegedly ready to do this “tomorrow”.
The president emphasized that the main factor in the strength of the ceasefire regime will be that Armenia must come to terms with the fact that these territories belong to Azerbaijan.
Meanwhile, clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces have been still ongoing in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The implementaiton of the agreed humanitarian ceasefire is in question.
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