Aliyev says to open borders if Armenia troops quit Azeri land

President said that his country would open all its borders with Armenia, if Armenia started to withdraw its occupant forces from the Azerbaijani territory.

Aliyev says to open borders if Armenia troops quit Azeri land

Azerbaijan's president said on Monday that his country would open all its borders with Armenia, if Armenia accepted the revised Madrid criteria and started to withdraw its occupant forces from the Azerbaijani territory.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev appeared at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a tete-a-tete meeting and talks between Turkish and Azerbaijani delegations at his presidential Zagulba Palace.

Speaking at the conference, Aliyev said talks had been held for long years for the solution of the Karabakh dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Noting that Azerbaijan had been displaying efforts for a fair and peaceful solution that was in accordance with international law, Aliyev said his country approved the revised Madrid criteria on the matter with only some minor exceptions and it expected Armenia to act the same way.

"Armenia should express its stance on the matter," Aliyev said, noting the country would either display a positive stance and parties would get closer to a settlement, or it would respond negatively and the negotiation process would be destroyed.

The Azerbaijani president said that his country would open its borders with Armenia and peace and security measures would be taken in the region, if Armenia stopped its invasion on the Azerbaijani territory.

Upon a question on whether the Azerbaijani natural gas would join the Nabucco project, Aliyev said the Azerbaijani gas was a great source for the pipelines in the region, adding his country could participate in such project under the right conditions.


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