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Azerbaijani President Says There Is No Alternative to Peace Treaty With Armenia

Ilham Aliev, Nikol Pashinyan

Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev has said that the work on a peace treaty with Armenia isn’t proceeding “as smoothly as we would like it to” but that “there is no alternative to it.”

"We are determined to normalize these relations, and after the second Karabakh war it was Azerbaijan that proposed to start working on a peace treaty. This work has practically started, but it is not going as smoothly as we would like it to. But there is no alternative to it,” Aliyev said in Kazakhstan.

In the recent weeks, Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made public statements both promising a peace treaty and accusing Azerbaijan of instigating conflict.

Armenia’s Prime Minister has referred to Azerbaijani rhetoric laying claim to regions of Armenia. Pashinyan has repeatedly spoken about Azerbaijan’s policy and speech continuously questioning the Republic of Armenia’s right to exist is the reason why the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict remains unresolved.

Just today, Azerbaijani forces gunned down four Armenian servicemen and wounded six others in the Armenian village of Tegh.


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