Azerbaijani parliamentary vice speaker does not exclude possible war in Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 20 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
The war over Nagorno Karabakh has not ended and the international community must know that military action could resume at any moment, Azerbaijani Parliamentary Vice Speaker Bahar Muradova told media.
"In accordance with the recommendations of international organizations, Azerbaijan continues participating in the negotiation process," she said. "It is trying to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully. However, Azerbaijan is continuing its military training because no one in the world reckons with a weak country."
Azerbaijan will fail to strengthen its position in the negotiations and other processes without economic and military power, she said.
"Azerbaijan achieved significant success in the military sphere, as in other areas," she stressed. "Thus, we are demonstrating the opposite side that Azerbaijan will never reconcile with the loss of its lands and the establishment of a second Armenian state on its territory. This attempt will be suppressed by all means, and if necessary, by military means."
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.