Karabakh population not only Armenians
It is impossible to reach any agreements on Nagorno-Karabakh without the consent of the population of that region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his visit to Yerevan. Thus, he has affirmed Pashinyan’s recent absurd statements. Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry has already commented on this statement contrary to international law.
In his statement to Kaspi, MP Elman Mammadov said there were several prominent Armenian leaders during various periods of history. "For example, Armenians like Mikoyan and Agambekyan were appointed to various positions in different countries around the world. Lavrov is now considered one of the leaders of the world Armenians. He made it clear while on a visit to Yerevan. The Azerbaijani president has repeatedly stressed that the concept of "the people of Nagorno-Karabakh” doesn't exist. There is population of Nagorno-Karabakh, which consisted of the Azerbaijani and Armenian people before the conflict, and they have equal rights. That is, the Karabakh population is not only Armenians. Today, the number of Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh is between 50,000 and 60,000, while the number of Azerbaijanis there has exceeded 80,000. Lavrov did not take this into account. He even explicitly referred to Pashinyan, stating that Armenia cannot sign a document on behalf of the "people of Karabakh",” the MP stressed.
"This is a direct threat to the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan,” Mammadov added. "And this is a statement of the foreign minister of the state that must be impartial. I am an internally displaced person, deprived of my homeland and who survived the Khojaly genocide. Therefore, I want to say frankly that Russia has never been neutral in this issue and has always defended the Armenians. The other co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group also acted as Russia. Unfortunately, the same position continues today and the Minsk Group co-chair states are those that help maintain the status quo,” he noted.
Chairman of the Baku Club of Political Scientists Zaur Mammadov said that, recently, serious efforts are being made to undermine the relations between Azerbaijan and Russia. "Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov must realize that, first, it is unacceptable to miss the Azerbaijani community of Karabakh when speaking about the local population. Second, according to the last paragraph of the updated Madrid principles, the referendum in Karabakh must take place after the return of the occupied areas and the resettlement of Azerbaijani IDPs to Karabakh. Under international law, autonomous provinces cannot violate the national constitution and declare independence unilaterally without the permission of the capital of the state,” the political scientist emphasized.
Mammadov said that in the current situation, talking about the final status of Karabakh can undermine the negotiation process. "Given Armenia’s recognition as an occupier by 120 countries and violation of international law, Yerevan should first think about a phased solution," he added.