“As to those people who left their homes, first of all, that was their own decision. Our public communications with Karabakh Armenians, and what we did after, demonstrated that we wanted them to stay. We openly announced that and I, during my appeal to Azerbaijani people after the end of the anti-terror operation, said that they could stay,” President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said in an interview with Euronews channel, Report informs.