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Karabakh will never be seperated from Azerbaijan - Iham Aliyev

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Turan 01/02/2006. "Nagorno Karabakh will never be separated from Azerbaijan. Not today, not tomorrow, not in 10, 15, or 100 years. During my presidency, I will not sign any agreement otherwise," stated Ilham Aliyev yesterday at a Cabinet of Ministers meeting.

He further stated that a future settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh will have to be in favor of Azerbaijan.

"Nagorno Karabakh is Azerbaijani territory, and Azerbaijani people should return there," he noted.

Aliyev concluded by stating that Baku maintains its ability to solve the conflict by peaceful means.

At the same meeting, Aliyev condemned the opposition's "betrayal" of Azerbaijan at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly by asking the Assembly to not recognize the Azerbaijani delegation's mandate. He stated that this was disgraceful, as no one should betray his country's interests.

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