Mar 19, 2023 14:07 UTC
  • Azerbaijan preparing for Armenian genocide in Karabakh region: Armenia FM

Armenia says Azerbaijan is preparing an escalation against Yeravan via the use of an “aggressive rhetoric” aimed at undermining existing agreements between the two countries, claiming that Baku is preparing for genocide of Armenians in the Karabakh region.

In a statement, the Armenian Foreign Ministry warned that Baku is doing everything to make regional peace establishment impossible.

“Having violated basically all the points of the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020, the president of Azerbaijan is obstructing the process of opening regional communications,” the statement said.

This comes after Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Aykhan Hajizada laid the responsibility on Armenia's door on Wednesday and said that Yerevan “is not interested” in peace and stability in the region as it rejected a peace proposal that would include provisions ruling out Armenia's territorial claims in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“Azerbaijan not only keeps under occupation the sovereign territories of the Republic of Armenia which it illegally occupied on May 12 and November 17, 2021 and in September 2022, but also introduced the so-called "Western Azerbaijan" discourse and declares practically the entire territory of the Republic of Armenia as Azerbaijani land,” the statement said.

The speech of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, delivered on March 16 during the summit of the Heads of State of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS), was a clear manifestation of territorial claims against the Republic of Armenia and preparation of another aggression.

“The assessment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia is clear: with its aggressive discourse and actions Azerbaijan makes preparations for subjecting the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh to genocide and for a new aggression against Armenia,” the statement said.

In the end, the Armenian foreign ministry suggested launching international mechanisms for the prevention of genocides, sending an international fact-finding mission to the Lachin corridor and Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as directly condemning Azerbaijan's aggressive actions and policies.