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Armenia says Nagorny Karabakh will 'never be part of Azerbaijan'

RIA Novosti

03:43 18/01/2011 YEREVAN, January 18 (RIA Novosti) - Nagorny Karabakh has no future as part of Azerbaijan, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said.

"Azerbaijan's aggressive behavior supports our conviction that Nagorny Karabakh, under any circumstances, should never become part of Azerbaijan. Moreover, Azerbaijan does not have either legal, or political, or moral grounds for claiming Nagorny Karabakh," Sargsyan said during his current visit to Cyprus.

The Armenian president said that Azerbaijan's state propaganda aimed against Armenia Armenians, falsification of history, Azerbaijan's militarization and active arms procurement prove that "Baku is not ready for peace."

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorny Karabakh, a predominantly ethnic Armenian region, first erupted in 1988, when the region claimed independence from Azerbaijan to join Armenia.

Over 30,000 people are estimated to have died on both sides between 1988 and 1994, when a ceasefire was agreed. Nagorny Karabakh has remained in Armenian control and tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia have persisted.

Armenia said last Thursday it would boycott renewed discussions on the Karabakh conflict at the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).

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