Azerbaijani ruling party: Armenia's recognition of Nagorno Karabakh would be death sentence for Minsk Group

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 5 / Trend E.Mehdiyev /

The Armenian leadership through parliament is trying to plunge into an adventure, which could bring tensions in the South Caucasus to a dangerous level. The formal reason is supposedly a pardon issued by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for officer Ramil Safarov, Deputy Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party Ali Ahmedov told the party's website on Wednesday.

He said the president's decree to pardon is fully consistent with both the relevant international agreements and national legislation.

"I think that now the focus of the international community and international organizations should be a statement of the Armenian terrorist organization ASALA on the mass extermination of Azerbaijani and Turkish diplomats," Ahmedov said.

Touching on the issue of submitting the issue of recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh for discussion in the Armenian parliament, Ahmedov said that this step would actually be a death sentence to the Minsk Group.

"I do not think to take care of the Minsk Group. This group has done nothing for 20 years, but this 'inaction' works in favor of Armenia," Ahmedov said.

Safarov, who was convicted in Hungary, returned to Azerbaijan on Aug. 31. The same day, under an order of the head of state, he was pardoned.


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