Armenians residing in Karabakh should take up Azerbaijani citizenship, the nation’s president Ilham Aliyev mentioned on Tuesday.
“We have now repeatedly acknowledged that we are going to not focus on our inside affairs with any nation. Karabakh is our inside affair. Armenians residing in Karabakh should both take up Azerbaijani citizenship or search one other place of residence.” mentioned Ilham Aliyev, talking with the AzTV channel.
“There’s full freedom right here, all democratic foundations are provided,” Aliyev mentioned.
“This concern have to be resolved on the idea of human rights,” the president added.
Azerbaijan was reported in March to have appointed an official to carry talks with representatives of the Armenian residents within the nation’s Karabakh area.
“To that finish, on March 1, 2023, within the metropolis of Khojaly, on the headquarters of the Russian Federation’s peacekeeping contingent quickly deployed within the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ramin Mammadov held a gathering with the representatives of the Armenian residents residing within the Karabakh area of the Republic of Azerbaijan,” state information company Azertac reported.
Then again, Aliyev has continuously voiced assurances that the Armenian inhabitants will proceed to take pleasure in its rights.
“Karabakh Armenians, are Azerbaijani residents, and are a minority. Azerbaijan is a multi-ethnic nation, and all minorities in Azerbaijan take pleasure in the identical rights and privileges together with cultural, linguistic, apart from different ensures and safety,” he underscored again in February.
Relations between the previous Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have been tense since 1991 when the Armenian navy illegally occupied Karabakh, a territory internationally acknowledged as a part of Azerbaijan and 7 adjoining areas.
Clashes erupted on Sept. 27, 2020, with the Armenian Military attacking civilians and Azerbaijani forces, violating a number of humanitarian cease-fire agreements.
Throughout the 44-day battle, Azerbaijan liberated a number of cities and round 300 settlements and villages that Armenia had occupied for nearly 30 years.
The preventing ended with a Russian-brokered settlement on Nov. 10, 2020, which was seen as a victory for Azerbaijan and a defeat for Armenia.
Nonetheless, the cease-fire has been violated a number of occasions since then.