Azerbaijan’s military power is key factor in Karabakh settlement – Aliyev

 Interfax - Russia & CIS Military Newswire
November 6, 2018 Tuesday 1:39 PM MSK

Azerbaijan's military power is key factor in Karabakh settlement - Aliyev

BAKU. Nov 6

Azerbaijan will continue to build up its military power and sees this
as one of the critical factors in the settlement of the conflict over
Nagorno-Karabakh, as international law continues to be fully ignored,
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said during a working visit to
Azerbaijan's Agdam district.

"We will continue to build up our military power, and I believe this
is one of the most important factors in negotiations. Because,
unfortunately, norms of international law are being fully ignored. We
will achieve what we want. We demand justice. We demand that our
historical lands be liberated from the invaders, and they will be
liberated," Aliyev said.

Baku stands ready for any developments in the settlement of the
conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, he said.

"I hope that after correctly analyzing the situation in the region,
the Armenian leadership will withdraw its occupational forces from our
lands. Otherwise, any option is possible, and we stand ready for any
option," Aliyev said.

Azerbaijan showed two years ago that it can liberate its lands in a
legal way, he said.

The events taking place in Armenia show that the policy pursued by
Azerbaijan is producing results, he said.

"I have said repeatedly, and I want to say today as well, there is no
need to conceal this - we will continue to isolate Armenia from all
regional projects using all means available, and we will restore our
territorial integrity," Aliyev said.

"The new Armenian leadership must not repeat the mistakes of the
previous regime. It must withdraw the occupying forces from the seized
lands in the near future through negotiations, and it should give
Azerbaijani citizens the chance to return to their native, historical,
ancestral lands," he said.

"The sooner they understand this, the better for them and for the
region. I'd like to say once again that we are not going to resign
ourselves to this situation. The norms of international law fully
support our position, and historical justice is on our side," Aliyev