The Azerbaijani delegation responded to the speech of John Whittingdale, the head of the UK delegation, against Azerbaijan at the session of the OSCE PA, Report informs.

“We regret to hear the biased speech of the UK representative here. To put Ukraine, which lost 20% of its territory, and Armenia, which occupied 20% of Azerbaijani territory, in one basket is out of any logic. We reject this position.

“In response to the statement of the UK delegation, I would like to state that while making references to 4 Armenian soldiers, he conveniently passed over in silence that it was Armenian armed forces that, after 5 months of unprecedented calm, opened sniper fire and wounded the Azerbaijani border guard. Azerbaijan’s response was localized and targeted against this specific military threat,” Mirkishili said.

He urged the UK delegate to make a difference between aggressor state Armenia and aggrieved country Azerbaijan, whose territories were under the belligerent occupation of Armenia for 3 decades: “Such a statement will not whitewash Armenia aggression and its consequences, which Azerbaijan is trying to overcome.
As a multiethnic and multi-religious country, Azerbaijan also contributes to the dialogue of civilizations and peaceful coexistence between people of different religions and backgrounds.”

on the British delegation to distinguish between Armenia, the occupying state, and Azerbaijan, which has been subject to occupation for 30 years: “Such a statement will not change the realities of Armenia’s aggression and the consequences that Azerbaijan is trying to eliminate. As a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional country, Azerbaijan also contributes to inter-civilizational dialogue and peaceful coexistence between people of different religions.

Mirkishili stressed that Azerbaijan is ready to share its experience in the sphere of promotion of peaceful coexistence and diversity

As a multiethnic and multi-religious country, Azerbaijan also contributes to the dialogue of civilizations and peaceful coexistence between people of different religions and backgrounds.