Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Marianna Mkrtchyan
Nothing of what Azerbaijan tells the world on international floors can be considered to be truth. It is a constant torrent of lie combined with anti- Armenian rhetoric, Vahram Kazhoyan, Secretary General of the Armenian National Commission for UNESCO, said during the General Debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.
Kazhoyan stressed that nothing else can be expected from the country whose president says in public that Armenians worldwide are the enemies of Azerbaijan. He added that Azerbaijan's behavior is nothing else but xenophobia and it is liable to prosecution, at least in the civilized world.
Kazhoyan recalled that Azerbaijan is the only country in the world that boasts of its immense military expenditures. In the meantime, official Baku is self-contradictory, he said. On the one hand, Baku advocates a peaceful dialogue and peaceful conflict settlement, on the other hand, the Azeri president states that he will never let Armenia join any political, economic, energy or transport project and that he will continue the policy on isolation of Armenia.
He said that the UN Security Council's resolution urge the Azeri authorities to stop military actions against civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh but despite the cease-fire treaty they signed in 1994, they keep using snipers to kill soldiers and civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh and keep refusing to withdraw them.
Kazhoyan said that all the Azeri authorities have said so far proves that Azerbaijan is a racist and xenophobe state. He quoted Azeri President Ilham Aliyev as saying on Sept 18 that Azerbaijan's national flag must be hoisted in Shushi and Stepanakert and that the Azeris must continue living in their historic lands "Irevan Khanate, Gokce and Zangezur." Kazhoyan explained to the Assembly that by Irevan Khanate Aliyev meant Yerevan, the capital of independent Armenia - a member of the United Nations. "So, what else is this but aggressive-militarist xenophobia?" Kazhoyan concluded.