Baku, Azerbaijan – Speaking to the American Fox News Channel, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that they want a ceasefire and stated that their only condition for this is the withdrawal of Armenia from the legitimate territory of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said they were ready for a ceasefire if Armenia withdrew from territory occupied in Nagorno-Karabakh. “We are ready to accept a ceasefire,” Aliyev told American television channel Fox News after the foreign ministers of the two countries held talks in Washington, stressing the condition for Armenia’s withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Would you give the ceasefire another chance?”question gave the following answer: “Yes, we’re ready. I’ve said it publicly many times. Today we are ready to accept the truce. But at the same time, Armenia and its prime minister should also say that they are committed to the basic principles set out by the United States, Russia and France,” he said.

Asked if they would accept an unconditional ceasefire, Aliyev said: “We want a ceasefire, we want our land back. Armenia must agree to free these lands,” he said. The president of Azerbaijan drew attention to a 1993 United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Armenia to withdraw unconditionally from the territory of Azerbaijan it occupies.

Aliyev also blamed the shooting of civilians by the Azerbaijani army, saying: “we said We would take revenge, but it is on the battlefield… We’re not killing civilians. We do not target places of worship,” he said.

Asked about Turkey’s role in the conflict, the Azerbaijani President said: “Our position is that regional countries should stay away from direct intervention in the conflict. We are completely against the internationalization of the conflict,” he said. “We don’t need mercenaries,” Aliyev said of claims that Turkey is ‘sending mercenaries’ to the region. All of this is aimed at damaging the image of the country and reducing the courage of soldiers on the battlefield,” he said.