Azerbaijan really wants to sign a peace treaty with Armenia and turn the page on the chapter of confrontation and atrocities in this region. Azerbaijan would like to live in peace, Hikmet Hajiyev, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration, said in an interview with Arab News, Report informs.
According to Hajiyev, Armenian propaganda directed against Azerbaijan complicates progress towards signing a peace agreement between the countries.
“Armenia’s dirty propaganda against Azerbaijan has derailed us from the path of peace treaty negotiations, on a platform provided by Washington DC, which we very much appreciate. We had achieved very important progress. Almost 70 percent of the document had been cleared. In a sense, we agreed.
Signing the peace treaty will completely change the landscape of the region of the South Caucasus. But you have the prime minister of Armenia on one hand recognizing Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity while on the other hand he still keeps Armenian armed forces in our territory. He still finances the illegal subordinate regime on our territory,” he noted.
In addition, Hajiyev noted that Azerbaijan welcomes everyone who is ready to contribute to the achievement of real peace between Baku and Yerevan.
“There are various platforms. We have no preference for one over the other. Our approach is that anybody who is willing to contribute to real peace on the ground, they are most welcome.
On one side, we have a Brussels process facilitated by (European Council) President Charles Michel. This is very much appreciated. Important elements of the peace treaty talks on a normalization council between Armenia and Azerbaijan have been generated from that platform. And then we appreciate the US government, and particularly Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s personal engagement on peace treaty discussions. They have done a lot. We also cannot deny the role of Russia. They are also contributing because they are part of the region and have historical relations with both Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
In his opinion, much depends on the Armenian side in the issue of achieving peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
“Reconciliation really is one of the most difficult parts of every post-conflict situation. In Azerbaijan, hundreds of thousands of families have lost their loved ones and are refugees and IDPs.
Imagine people are returning to their homes to see them in complete ruins. That’s not easy. And they are searching for answers. There is no answer because no one from the Armenian side has had enough courage to dare say: “(Please) excuse us. Our apologies for all our wrongdoings.”
There was not a single case in Armenia brought against the individuals who have conducted notorious actions against Azerbaijan,” Hajiyev added.