Armenia Orchestrates Karabakh Conflict
"Armenia's refusal to support what 53 other countries have endorsed [regarding the status of Nagorno-Karabakh as being a part of Azerbaijan] is further evidence that Armenia is orchestrating this conflict in pursuit of territorial expansion. It removes any doubt that it is Armenia itself, not ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, behind this war."
Hafiz Pashayev, Azerbaijan's Ambassador to the United States, in Washington, D.C., on learning that Armenia had cast the single vote against the will of all the OSCE nations at the Lisbon Summit which could bring about a peaceful resolution to the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan (December 5, 1996).
"I'm optimistic about the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for one simple reason: both history and facts are not on the side of extremists in Armenia. History in the 21st century will not be on the side of aggression. History will not favor those who create a million refugees and then claim they themselves are the victims. And history will not be kind to those who live in the past but do not learn from it."
Hafiz Pashayev, at the conference "Azerbaijan-An Economy in Transition" sponsored by the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D. C. on May 21, 1997.