We present the Chairman of the International and Interparliamentary Relations Committee of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan Samad Seyidov’s interview to Globalinfo.Az regarding the above-mentioned processes.
Why is Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan making accusations against Azerbaijan?
Pashinyan always makes unfounded accusations against Azerbaijan. In Prague he was saying one thing, yesterday another. He voices ideas of peace and war that are far from reality for the French, for foreign countries. Unfortunately, we are seeing a frivolous approach on Pashinyan’s part. Of course, we would like this issue to be taken seriously. Azerbaijan has already laid out its wishes and proposals. I think a real peace can be achieved in the South Caucasus based on those proposals. But the other side should be aware that it has the same responsibility.
Why did Pashinyan, who had agreed to sign a peace treaty at the time of the meeting, change his mind after the meeting?
Pashinyan’s inconsistent behavior indicates that he has been given several instructions, the most important of which is to stall for time. But what will he get in the end? Maybe Nikol is waiting for the elections in Turkey or developments in Russia. Maybe he is waiting for the outcome of the events in Iran. But Azerbaijan has created such realities that no one will be able to change them.
Is a peace treaty expected to be signed by the end of this year?
It depends on Pashinyan and the Armenian society. If he continues to play games, treat the matter irresponsibly, and buy time, the process will become more complicated. No, everything is possible if he demonstrates responsible and appropriate behavior.
During the OTS Summit, Mr. President said that 40 million Azerbaijanis living outside the Azerbaijani state are deprived of the opportunity to study in schools in their native language…
We are living witnesses of the world Turkic community’s rise to a new level. We have already reached a stage where, in addition to taking care of the lives of more than 200 million people living across the Turkic states, we raise the issue of our language being used by more than 40 million people who are not part of the Turkic states but who speak Turkic and are close to us spiritually. This is a historic statement. Now we can speak about it openly. Today, Azerbaijan, a country developing at a high level and open to the world, has become an example to over 40 million of our compatriots living in Iran. This line of thinking worries those in power in Iran. And look who they fraternize with. They befriend and give weapons to Armenians who commit crimes against Islam, destroy our mosques, keep pigs there, commit genocide against Azerbaijanis. Their goal is to prevent Azerbaijan’s success.
When do you think Iran’s current position towards Azerbaijan will change?
Azerbaijan is against the aggravation of processes in the region. We are for peace, but we will not allow anyone to endanger our state. Azerbaijan does not and will not pose a threat to anyone. We have always said and we say it again: the Khudafarin Bridge is a bridge of friendship. We insist on doing great things under an agreement. However, it is essential that the other side demonstrates the same behavior.
Translated by Aze.Media