Under Ilham Aliyev Azerbaijan missed the historic opportunity to build a modern country and society – Armenian MFA

The peoples of the region inherited a complex conflict, the final resolution of which requires an agreement that will be acceptable for the people of , the people of and the people of Azerbaijan, Spokesperson for the Armenisn Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

“Only the authorities enjoying the mandate of their people are capable of demonstrating the political will for reaching a compromise and establishing peace. Both Armenia and Artsakh authorities have received the mandate of their peoples and are ready to launch a dialogue with the authorities of Azerbaijan that enjoy the relevant mandate of their people,” Naghdalyan said.

“Ilham Aliyev, who inherited the power from his father and who shares it within a single family, is not such a leader. His authority has always been based on manipulations of the conflict, promoting the image of Armenia and the Armenian people as a “useful enemy” within his own society, rather than addressing the latter’s needs,” she said.

“Under the rule of Ilham Aliyev Azerbaijan missed the historic opportunity to use the “oil boom” to build a modern country and society. Today the authorities of Azerbaijan are perceived in the world as an authoritarian and repressive regime which uses all the opportunities, including the COVID-19 pandemic, to harass and silence its own people,” the Spokesperson added.

“In the region, we deal with such a governmental system where the values are replaced with a cult of personality, dynasty and own wealth, while the interests serve the preservation of inherited power at all costs. Regrettably, “all costs” are paid by the people of Azerbaijan deprived of voice and freedoms,” Naghdalyan concluded.

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