MOSCOW, February 9 — RIA Novosti. The statement of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev about the “return” in Yerevan is connected with the beginning of the election campaign and the desire to attract radical voters, said Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Zharikhin.
Earlier, Aliyev said that the political and strategic goal of the country’s citizens — “the return” in Yerevan, according to him, the historical territory of Azerbaijan. The Armenian foreign Ministry sharply reacted to this statement.
“The worst situation between the two countries can not be. They are armed, although so far almost peaceful confrontation for many years. Of course, this is the beginning of his (Aliyev. — Primas’. ed.) campaign. So he decided that extreme statement — before such claims on the part of Azerbaijan, at least in the mouths of officials, I did not hear — to cut, to neutralize those opponents, who would act with radical slogans. Radical, like, longer”, — told RIA Novosti expert.
“Of course, this will not improve relations between the two countries and the more will contribute to the development of the negotiation process around Nagorno-Karabakh. But such rules are chosen by the President Aliyev, is quite sharp and risky. From my point of view, this statement is made in order to attract the radical people”, — he added.
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous oblast declared its withdrawal from Azerbaijan SSR. In September 1991, in the centre of Nagorno-Karabakh Stepanakert it has been declared creation of Nagorno-the Karabakh Republic (NKR). Azerbaijan in the ensuing military conflict lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh. Since 1992 negotiations on peaceful settlement of the conflict within OSCE Minsk group. Azerbaijan insists on maintaining its territorial integrity, Armenia protects interests of unrecognized Republic, because the NKR is not a party to the negotiations.
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