Azerbaijani political scientist: Armenia's actions confirm country's military aspirations
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 23 /Trend, T.Hajiyev/
With its actions, Armenia confirms the commitment of this country to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by military means, director of the Center for Political Innovation and Technology Mubariz Ahmedoglu said to a press conference on Tuesday.
"Today, Armenia has no other way than war, because they can not otherwise explain to future generations their defeat. They militarily occupied Karabakh and they must also lose as a result of war. They do not have other way," said Ahmedoglu.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Azerbaijan is fully ready for war, said Ahmedoglu. "This is not because the Armenian army is weak, but because the Azerbaijani army is really strong. The further developments will depend on the summit in Astana," he said.
According to the political analyst, official Yerevan regards war as a source of income.
"Armenia must know one thing: Azerbaijan will go to war once and the result will solve all problems existing between Azerbaijan and Armenia. If we start a war, it will end not only with the liberation of Karabakh," said Ahmedoglu.
According to the analyst, the problems between Baku and Yerevan are not limited to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"These problems include the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding territories, affirming the right of Azerbaijan to Meghri railroad (in the Soviet period, right to the railway belonged to Azerbaijan) and the return of Zangezur to Azerbaijan. Armenia should confirm that Yerevan and the territory around the city are Azerbaijani territories," said the analyst said.