'Armenia is a gray spot on the map of the South Caucasus'

Fri 17 May 2013 07:34 GMT | 12:34 Local Time

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Armenia is a gray spot on the map of the South Caucasus.

It is "cancer" of the region through which the illegal traffic of arms and drugs go, chief of the political analysis and information provision department of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Elnur Aslanov has said at an international forum of research centres of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

According to the representative of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, difficult situation, in which the country's population is, annually causes up to 100,000 Armenians to leave it forever, 1news.az reports.

According to him, unlike Armenia, Azerbaijan, whose economy is 75% of the total economy of the South Caucasus, is developing rapidly.

"Our country, whose population is 65% of the total population of the South Caucasus, has become a major transport route linking the West with the East," said Aslanov, noting that the main problem of the republic is the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"Unfortunately, for more than 20 years, a fifth of Azerbaijan's territory is occupied. The provisions of the four UN resolutions are not fulfilled, "said the head of the department.

He noted that the hope for a peaceful settlement of the conflict still remains.

"However, in the event of failure of peace talks, Azerbaijan will use other tools to liberate the occupied territories," said Aslanov, pointing out that at present the country's military budget is equal to the entire state budget of Armenia.

Finally Aslanov drew attention to the fact that the geo-strategic importance of the South Caucasus is growing from the viewpoint of politics, energy and transportation.

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