Baku is committed to Karabakh talks, not profanation
Azerbaijan is ready to hold talks on Karabakh, but will not tolerate profanation of the negotiation process, when meetings are held only to procrastinate and ensure the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said at the meeting with the personnel of Terter district's military unit.
He pointed out that Armenia is the only obstacle to the peaceful settlement today. "A lot of pressure is exerted on Armenia on the part of the co-chairs, according to the information we have. However, they do not openly say it, trying to maintain a balanced position. But the reality is that nowadays Armenia is the side that prevents a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Considering the current situation, the Armenian armed forces decided to resort to regular provocations, and this happened in early April: they again committed an armed provocation and attacked our positions. Azerbaijani army with great skill and professionalism carried out the counter-attack, stopped the enemy, and our positions on the contact line were strengthened even more," Trend quotes him as saying.
Azerbaijani President stressed that the country does not want to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by military means. "At the request of the Armenian side, we agreed to restore the ceasefire on April 5. We do not want war - we want the problem to be resolved peacefully, but it we want it to be resolved. Holding negotiations just for the sake of negotiations makes no sense. Today we continue to observe the ceasefire, but, unfortunately, Armenia once again shows an insincere approach. Since April 5 not a single day passed without the ceasefire being violated by Armenia. In the first days after the April 5 ceasefire agreement, Armenia tried to attack our positions and recapture the lost territories. After their troops realized it was not working, and the Azerbaijani soldier is capable of defending his native land, they started armed provocations against the civilian population. Our villages were shelled, civilians got wounded and killed, over 500 of our houses were damaged, over 100 houses were either completely destroyed or burned down," he reminded.
Ilham Aliyev drew attention to the fact that the international community is on the side of Azerbaijan. "All the international organizations - the UN, the OSCE, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Council of Europe, the Non-Aligned Movement and other organizations - defend Azerbaijan’s fair position. No international organization supports the aggressive policy of Armenia. No country in the world questions the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored. The occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region and other territories are our historic lands. Azerbaijani citizens must live and will live on these lands," he stated.
Azerbaijan’s President assured that Baku will strengthen diplomatic and political efforts to resolve the conflict, and at the same time reinforce the positions of the troops along the contact line. "If another Armenian armed provocation is committed against us, the necessary response will be given again, and the result will be the same, because today the Azerbaijani army is among the strongest armies of the world. Material and technical basis of our army has been considerably strengthened and expanded. Discipline in the army is at the highest level, just as the combat capability is, and the fighting in April showed it. The morale in the army is high and the spirit of our soldiers is positive. The sense of patriotism is very high not only in the army but in the society as a whole. There is no issue more important for us than the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This is the primary issue. We must resolve this problem, and we will," he concluded.