From the speech of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the nationwide festivities on the occasion of Novruz holiday

19 March 2018

I have said this many times before, and I want to say it again: the territory of present-day Armenia is historical Azerbaijani land. There are numerous books and maps confirming this fact. On those maps, the vast majority of toponyms in present-day Armenia have Azerbaijani origins. Historical records show that in the early 19th century, the overwhelming majority, or more precisely, 80 percent of the population of the Iravan Khanate were Azerbaijanis. This is history, this is a historical fact. Those who do not know this should also be aware, and most importantly, Azerbaijani youth should know this. They should know that a significant portion of present-day Armenia is the historical land of Azerbaijan. We will never forget this, and we will never forget it.