BAKU: Azerbaijani President Points To Possible Ways Of Resolving Nag


Jan 17 2012

The Azerbaijani President said there are two ways to resolve the
Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: the way of negotiations
and the military way.

“There is no third way,” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at
a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers devoted to the socio-economic
development in 2011 and the challenges in 2012. “This conflict is not
“frozen” and will not be so. If anyone thinks that the main issue in
the negotiations is to prevent the war, I do not agree. We do not
want war either. Who wants war? Moreover, Azerbaijan has achieved
great success. But this does not mean that the negotiation process
will remain aside and all efforts will be directed for the war not to
begin. This will not happen! Why am I talking about this? I am talking
because we mainly saw the co-chairmen’s actions and initiatives aimed
at strengthening confidence-building measures, non-infringement of the
ceasefire regime, rather than attention to the essence of negotiations
in 2011, especially in the second half of the year. We do not want
a war either. But it also has its way. Everybody knows this way.”

He said that unfortunately, there were no results in the conflict
settlement in 2011. “The only and main reason is Armenia’s
unconstructive position, its insincere behavior in the negotiations,”
he said. “In fact, the Armenian side is trying very hard to break or
“freeze” the negotiations. Of course, the negotiations require the
participation of both sides. If one side tries to somehow evade the
negotiations, other side’s possibilities are limited.”

The Azerbaijani president stressed positive facts in the negotiation
process regarding the international forces to the issue. “We can not
deny it,” he said. “I can say that the most important thing is that
three co-chairing countries said about the unacceptability of the
status quo. This is the first such statement, that is, such statements
were not made in previous years. This is a fair statement. Of course,
the status quo must be changed. This is an encouraging statement. If,
after this statement the co-chairing countries have concrete proposals,
steps, actions, the conflict will be resolved soon. If it remains
as a statement, then the prospects of the negotiations will not
be encouraging.”

President Aliyev said a number of principles must be observed to
resolve the conflict. “Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity is not
under question, the Azerbaijani citizens return to the occupied
lands and the proposals on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh will be put
forward in the future in an uncertain period and in the indefinite
form,” he said. “The main question is that no status can be given to
Nagorno-Karabakh without Azerbaijan’s consent. Naturally, Azerbaijan
and the Azerbaijani people will never give and will not be able to
give consent to any status of Nagorno-Karabakh outside Azerbaijan.

He said that Azerbaijan is ready to continue negotiations on the
basis of these principles. If another party also takes similar steps,
the issue can be resolved soon.

“This is not a secret that we accelerate and will accelerate our
military strength,” he said. “I remember exactly the figures in 2010.

I also remember other figures. But I keep especially these figures in
mind. About $3.413 billion were spent on military sphere in 2011. In
2012 about $3.474 billion will be spent in 2012. That is roughly the
same figures. Look how much money we spend on the army for two years.

If we add the money spent in the previous period, we and all will
see that today the Azerbaijani army has great potential. We have
the strongest army in the region. Maintenance supply is high. The
most modern weapons, equipment, combat aircrafts and helicopters,
missiles, artillery pieces are being purchased. It is hard to list
them all. The geography of the countries cooperating with us in the
military sphere is being expanded. The number and range of military
products made in Azerbaijan are being increased. We produce about
600 kinds of military products. That is today the Azerbaijani army
is a great force. We can use and will use it when required.”

Azerbaijan’s military potential must more increase, he said.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS