Intervention by Representative of Azerbaijan
in the exercise of Right of Reply
58 UNGA General
you, Mr. President
I am taking the floor in the exercise of the Rule
73 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly.
Azerbaijan regrets very
much that this high rostrum has been again abused
today by Armenia
to disseminate false information designed to justify its immoral and
repugnant state policy of gross violation of international law.
Armenia continues to
challenge international community and this august Assembly by continuing
its illegal occupation of Nagorno Karabakh
and 7 other adjacent regions of Azerbaijan. It continues to ignore
the will of the international community clearly reflected in the four
well-known resolutions of the Security Council, unequivocally demanding
the immediate, unconditional and complete withdrawal of Armenian forces
from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
Today, when we all speak on the need to make our universal organization
a better and more efficient tool for preserving international peace
and security, we have to think seriously on how to make sure that
aggressor states like Armenia
are brought to justice.
Armenian Minister engaged in entertaining the audience
by poorly concocted myths with reference to our country. I will not
take much of your time and will not go into the anthology of Armenian
myths, but will name just a few:
Myth number one is about the idea that Nagorno Karabakh reached its longtime
dream of becoming an independent state.
Everyone sitting in this hall and
knowing a bit of the history of the Caucasus will agree that NK has
never ever been either independent or affiliated with Armenia. It has always been and
will. continue to be an integral part of
the historical center of its political life, culture, art and science.
Myth number two deals with the so-called blockade to which "longsuffering"
poor Armenia is subjected
by its neighbors.
Can we talk about blockade in a situation
when a country has unimpeded access to the outside world via several
states around and cannot enjoy economic relations with one state whose
territories it has occupied and whose population it has brutally murdered
in the period since 1987?
I will mention only one such instance,
when in March of 1992 Armenian aggressors organized and carried a
massacre of 1000 innocent civilian Azerbaijanis in Khojaly
town of Nagorno Karabakh.
Is it not the Azerbaijani territory
that has been subjected to blockade by Armenia only because it is populated by Azerbaijanis?
Myth number three
do with the so-called "Key
West arrangement" referred to by Armenian
minister in his speech.
Indeed, the population of Key West, this small quiet town in Florida
should be greatly thankful to Armenia
for such an exceptional deal of advertisement and for an attempt to
include it in the recent political vocabulary. As a matter of fact,
what is described by Armenia as a breakthrough, has been nothing else
than the desire of Azerbaijan to continue with the more than 10 year-old
practice of negotiation process on the conflict between Armenia and
Azerbaijan that is aimed at producing a solution based on norms and
principles of international law.
Next myth widely popular in Armenia
is that it has won the war, annexed Nagorno
Karabakh and other occupied territories
and will happily live with this status quo for as long as it wants.
Let me assure you all, that Azerbaijan
will spare no effort to restore the justice and its sovereignty within
the borders recognized by international community.
Not a single
inch of our land will be yielded to the aggressor.
I appreciate the fact that Armenia
realizes this very well itself and special attention devoted by Minister
Oskanian to this. aspect in his
address proves that aggressor is indeed worried with the evolving
situation and possible prospects of the not so distant future.
by occupying Azerbaijani territories Armenia gained the deep sense
of apprehension and fear that it has swallowed too big a piece to
match its throat.
As to the remark
on the oil revenues to be spent allegedly
by Azerbaijan to buy arms, because of such an unfortunate
neighbor as Armenia,
the Government of Azerbaijan has to spend huge amounts of money, most
recently 70 mln USD, to alleviate the suffering
of the refugees and IDPs, ousted by the
Armenian aggressor from their homes. Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev yesterday pointed
this out in his address.
Mr. President, let me appeal through you to the self-proclaimed Caucasian
Tiger to get down to Earth and realize that it is in its very interest
to forget the myths, to open its eyes and abide by the letter and
spirit of the founding act of this house - Charter of the United Nations.
We're not in jungle, after all.
Thank you, Mr.