Aliev Says Armenian Genocide A 'Fantasy'
Azerbaijan, which lost land in a war with neighboring Armenia, on Friday condemned French draft legislation making it a crime to deny the genocide of Armenians by Ottoman Turks and said the massacre was a "fantasy".
Azeri President Ilham Aliev, speaking in English, criticized the bill, which was approved by France's lower house of parliament earlier this month causing fury in Turkey.
"It has nothing to do with reality. The so-called genocide is the fantasy of the Armenian lobby ... to justify their aggression against other countries to present themselves as the victims," Aliev told foreign journalists. He said the bill was a "blatant violation" of democracy.
France is home to Europe's largest share of the Armenian diaspora.
Azerbaijan, which shares with Turkey the Muslim faith, common ethnic roots and a similar language, lost its Nagorno-Karabakh territory to its Christian neighbor Armenia in the 1990s during a full-scale military conflict in which some 35,000 people were killed.
Azerbaijani President calls ‘to attack Armenia in all directions
Azerbaijan will exert pressure on Armenia unless the seized lands are liberated,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said when addressing today the graduates of the Supreme Military School. “Azerbaijan must attack Armenia in all directions. The attack must be political, economic and diplomatic,” he said.
“Nagorno Karabakh will never join Armenia and will never be independent,” he said.
“Yerevan drags out time hoping for success. In my opinion, this wish is conditioned by career ambitions of some politicians. I do not believe that Armenia is interested in protracting the settlement process,” Aliyev said.
Noting the necessity of creation of a military-industrial multiplex, Aliyev said that in the end of the year Azerbaijan will launch its first military output. “War is not over and Azerbaijan will strengthen its army,” he said reminding that his country’s military budget is equal to Armenia’s state budget, IA Regnum reports.
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