Azerbaijan, Baku, July 22 / Trend, T.Hajiyev /
Azerbaijan should express its radical attitude toward the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Center for Political Innovation and Technology Director
Mubariz Ahmedoglu said at a press conference today.
"The unsuccessful outcome of the Kazan meeting showed that the Armenians do not want to resolve the conflict peacefully. The OSCE Minsk Group is also aware of it. The fact that Kazan meeting ended without result is negative for Russia as well," Ahmedoglu underlined.
He stressed that Armenia's destructive position makes inevitable military resolution to the problem.
"Azerbaijan is rapidly arming itself. Next year it is expected to increase Azerbaijan's military budget to 3.5 billion manat, which is equal to approximately $4.3 billion. Sooner or later it will be apparent. If this conflict is not solved peacefully, then the guns will speak. This can not be avoided," Ahmedoglu said.
Ahmedoglu believes that talks between the Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno Karabakh are very important in resolution of the conflict.
"However, it is unknown why the OSCE Minsk Group has never made such a proposal. The Minsk Group deals with anything except this conflict," Ahmedoglu said.
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 seven 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.