Azer­bai­jan re­tains right to lib­er­ate its oc­cu­pied lands by mil­i­tary means

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

He made the re­marks at an ex­tra­or­di­nary ple­nary ses­sion of the Par­lia­ment. As­garov noted that Azer­bai­jan is a peace-lov­ing state.

“We re­ject war as a means of claim on the ter­ri­tory of other states. Nagorno-Karabakh and the sur­round­ing ter­ri­to­ries were oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia. If Ar­me­ni­ans do not leave our ter­ri­to­ries, Azer­bai­jan has the right to lib­er­ate the oc­cu­pied lands by mil­i­tary means in ac­cor­dance with its leg­is­la­tion and the UN Char­ter. Our cause is just,” said the first deputy chair­man.

Azer­bai­jan and Ar­me­nia fought a lengthy war that ended with sign­ing of a frag­ile cease­fire in 1994. Since the war, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the largescale hos­til­i­ties.

While the OSCE Minsk Group acted as the only me­di­a­tor in res­o­lu­tion of the con­flict, the oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­ri­tory of the sov­er­eign state with its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bound­aries has been left out of due at­ten­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for years.

Un­til now, Ar­me­nia ig­nores four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on im­me­di­ate with­drawal from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan, thus keep­ing ten­sion high in the re­gion.

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