Armenia wants peace, if Azerbaijan withdraws and stops aggression – Ambassador

If Azerbaijan were to immediately withdraw from the sovereign Armenian territory that it occupies and promise to halt further aggression, the path could be cleared toward a comprehensive peace settlement, Armenian Ambassador to the UK, Varuzhan Nersesyan, said in an op-ed published by The Jerusalem Post.

Azerbaijan wants to eliminate Armenia, Armenian identity; the Ambassador said, “In Azerbaijan’s school system, children are taught to hate Armenians. In one school textbook for 9 to 10 years old, a young girl is shown killing an Armenian soldier with an axe. Ironically, the axe murderer who was convicted by the Hungarian court for beheading a sleeping Armenian counterpart in Budapest is a national hero of Azerbaijan․“What sort of peace does Azerbaijan seek?”, he said.

“It continues to publish maps showing the south of Armenia as part of Azerbaijan. Armenia has confirmed that its road network would be open for transportation between those two but would not constitute an extraterritorial corridor that Azerbaijan could use as a pretext for further aggression”. “Azerbaijan’s claims to desire peace have been undermined by President Aliyev’s decision to pull out of a meeting in Brussels planned for December 7 with Prime Minister Pashinyan, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and the president of the European Council, Charles Michel”, Ambassador Nersesyan wrote. “However, the same four leaders met in Prague last October, and agreed that the quadrilateral format would again be used in Brussels. Armenia remains fully committed to a peace agenda. If Azerbaijan is serious about peace, the only way to show it is to return to negotiations instead of finding pretexts to avoid them,” he concluded.


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