By | Rasim Babaev
For 30 years, Armenia continues to hold under occupation 20% of the territory of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven adjacent regions. As a result of the policy of ethnic cleansing carried out by Yerevan, more than a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons. For 30 years, the criminal separatist regime created in the occupied territory of Azerbaijan has been destroying Azerbaijani cultural and historical monuments, thousands of schools, hospitals, libraries, houses of culture, tens of thousands of residential buildings, and other infrastructure.
Despite the ceasefire agreement reached in 1994 between the parties to the conflict, the Armenian armed forces have been violating the ceasefire regime for more than a quarter of a century both from the territory of Armenia and from their positions in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. As a result of these attacks, hundreds were killed and thousands of Azerbaijani servicemen and civilians were wounded of varying severity.
In 1993, the United Nations Security Council adopted four resolutions on the occupied Azerbaijani territories demanding the immediate withdrawal of the Armenian Armed Forces from there. All these years, under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group, which is co-chaired by Russia, the United States, and France, the negotiation process on the peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been conducted.
Baku calls on Yerevan to show a constructive approach and withdraw its troops from the occupied lands so that the Azerbaijani population expelled as a result of the Armenian aggression returns there, after which Nagorno-Karabakh will be granted a high status of autonomy within the framework of the territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
However, the leaders of Armenia have repeatedly disrupted the negotiation process during periods when the parties to the conflict were close to finding ways to resolve the Karabakh problem. Yerevan periodically undertook provocations both on the line of contact of fire and on the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who came to power in Armenia in the spring of 2018 on a wave of popular protests, put an end to the efforts of the international community, including the OSCE Minsk Group, undertaken for a quarter of a century to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. With his groundless statements that “Karabakh is Armenia”, he openly made it clear that Yerevan does not intend to continue searching for ways of a peaceful resolution of the problem. Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan made statements in tune with him, stressing that Yerevan is ready for new battles for new territories.
“As the Minister of Defense, I say: I have reformulated the format of“ territory in exchange for peace ”. We will do the exact opposite “new war for new territories. There will be no concessions. Tradeoffs are possible. We will get out of this trench situation, a permanent state of defense. We will increase the number of those units that can transfer hostilities to the enemy’s territory, ”said the head of the Armenian defense department on March 29, 2019, in New York.
The provocative actions of Yerevan resulted in four-day clashes in April 2016 in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. In those days, suffering heavy losses on the battlefield, the then President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan appealed for help to the leaders of various states, including the Russian one. 4 years ago, the Azerbaijani Army liberated part of the occupied territories.
In July 2020, there was another escalation of tension in the Tovuz direction of the Azerbaijani-Armenian border. For a week, the Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani settlements hundreds of kilometers from the Karabakh conflict zone. The retaliatory measures undertaken by the Azerbaijani side put an end to another Armenian provocation, which began on July 12. Having unleashed military actions on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, Armenia tried to artificially involve the states that are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the bilateral conflict.
On August 23, another provocation of Yerevan was prevented, as a result of which the commander of the sabotage and reconnaissance group of the Armenian armed forces Senior Lieutenant Gurgen Alaverdyan, who crossed the border of Azerbaijan in the direction of the Goranboy region, was detained.
Another provocation was undertaken by the Armenian armed forces on Sunday morning, September 27, when Armenian troops fired on Azerbaijani settlements with heavy artillery. As a response, the Azerbaijani Army launched a counter-offensive to liberate the occupied territories.
The Azerbaijani Armed Forces are conducting military operations on their territory. The goal of the counter-offensive is to destroy the illegal armed bandit formations, consisting of the servicemen of the Armenian Armed Forces, located on the occupied lands. Azerbaijan is not waging a war against the Armenian population. Representatives of the Armenian community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan are Azerbaijani citizens and will be able to live here together with the Azerbaijanis. Their constitutional rights and security will be ensured in the conditions of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
Armenia, while suffering huge losses on the battlefield, treacherously and meanly shells Azerbaijani cities from its territory. The victims of these artillery attacks, as of October 17, were 60 civilians, 270 civilians were injured. More than 1,700 houses have become unusable.
To date, the Azerbaijani Army has liberated the cities of Fizuli and Jabrayil, as well as dozens of villages and settlements from the Armenian occupation. A huge amount of enemy military equipment and manpower was destroyed.
In turn, Yerevan and all the world Armenians, purposefully trying to mislead the international community, are trying to give the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict a religious coloring. Say, Armenia is the last stronghold of the Christian faith, protecting Christianity from the invasion of Muslims.
However, these efforts of the Armenian mythologists are sewn with white thread. Baku is known for its tolerant attitude towards various religions and peoples. Representatives of various religious confessions and peoples coexist in Azerbaijan in harmony and peace with each other. Muslims, Christians, Jews. Azerbaijanis, Russians, Avars, Ukrainians, Lezgins, Tats, Talysh, Udins, Ingilos, Georgians, and many many other peoples.
Armenia is known for its mono-ethnicity. Armenian children are brought up based on the teachings of Hitler’s henchman Garegin Nzhdeh about the superiority of the Armenian nation over all others. As for the religious issue, the separatists appropriated the Albanian churches in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, calling them Armenian.
Constantly on social networks and the pages of the world media, in the statements of Western leaders and representatives of various international organizations, one can hear all sorts of insinuations and that Azerbaijan allegedly uses the services of Syrian terrorists during its counter-offensive actions to liberate the territories occupied by Armenia.
At the same time, for some reason today the whole world has completely forgotten that this is exactly Yerevan, it is the Armenian leaders in recent years that they proudly declare that they purposefully resettle Syrian and Lebanese Armenians to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. That is, if anyone is to blame for the presence of Syrian terrorists on the territory of Azerbaijan, then only the Armenian side! A similar policy is being pursued by Yerevan to change the demographic ratio in the region.
Official Baku has repeatedly raised before the whole world, various countries and international organizations, including the OSCE Minsk Group, the issue that the Armenian separatists are using the occupied territories of Azerbaijan for the illegal cultivation of narcotic plants, the illegal circulation of drugs and weapons of mass destruction, training terrorists, organizing work illegal biological laboratories.
Baku has invited institutions of various international organizations, including the OSCE Assessment Mission to visit the occupied territories to study the tense situation that is developing there. And every time it was Yerevan that prevented these visits.
Accusing Azerbaijan and Turkey of attracting Syrian terrorists to the battles in Nagorno-Karabakh, Yerevan, meanwhile, openly invites Armenians from all over the world to join its ranks. That is, it calls on members of numerous Armenian terrorist organizations from various regions to take arms. And to hide these dirty intentions from everyone, Armenia launched disinformation that terrorists from Syria are fighting against the Armenian occupiers. At the same time, Yerevan also addressed an appeal to Tehran not to let Iranian Azerbaijanis cross the Araz (Araks) River for fear that the latter would join the just cause of liberating the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan from the Armenian occupation.
As for the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, known for his endless populist outpourings, he recently voiced territorial claims again. This time to Georgia, stating that Javakheti is a primordially Armenian land. Suffering defeat on the battlefield against the Azerbaijani Army, the Armenian prime minister believed that he could wage a war on two fronts …
Moreover, Armenia also unfairly accused Israel of selling arms to Azerbaijan for its troubles. At the same time, Yerevan considers it in the order of things that some states supply it with weapons completely free of charge. At the same time, the Armenian leadership does not want to admit to itself that all its troubles come from the aggressive and conquering policy pursued by Yerevan concerning neighboring states.