By | Fabrice Pierre Toussaint
October 5, 2020
Photo of President Ilham Aliyev created by President of Azerbaijan office, CC BY 4.0.
Azerbaijani President and Commander-in-Chief of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev has visited with soldiers and civilians on the Nagorno-Karabakh borderline in the wake of heated escalations. These escalations are no closer to stalling after several days of blood shed, with the Associated Press reporting an Armenian offensive on Ganja as of yesterday. President Aliyev vows to continue fighting until Armenia announces a timetable for withdrawal, Reuters reports.
President Aliyev has addressed the nation throughout the situation. Early in the hours of the renewed escalations, he spoke regarding the conflict progression in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Armenian armed forces fired on our settlements, as well as our military positions, from several directions this morning, using various types of weaponry, including heavy artillery,” the president said.
“As a result of the enemy fire, there are casualties among the civilian population and our servicemen. Some people have been wounded.The Azerbaijani Army is currently firing on Armenia’s military positions, and as a result of these strikes, many units of the enemy’s military equipment have been destroyed. This is another manifestation of Armenian fascism.”
The president continued on by saying that Armenia plans to occupy Azerbaijani lands and does not keep that a secret.
“Their military-political leadership tried to threaten Azerbaijan with a new occupation, a new policy of occupation for new territories; this is the policy of Armenia’s military-political leadership today,” said Aliyev.
“Another reason is to distract the population from the very serious social and economic problems in Armenia and portray Azerbaijan as an enemy. Yet another reason is that Armenia is doing everything possible to disrupt the negotiations, and I can say that it has succeeded in doing that. It is as a result of Armenia’s hypocritical, unconstructive and false policy that the negotiations have actually stopped and this provocation is aimed at these goals.”
“Armenia’s military provocations against Azerbaijan have become regular of late. In July, our servicemen and a civilian were killed as a result of artillery fire in the direction of Tovuz on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. It is no secret that the first fire, including artillery fire, was opened by Armenia, and the first victims were Azerbaijani servicemen. Azerbaijan gave a fitting rebuff to the enemy and they could not move an inch forward,” said Aliyev on Sunday.
“The enemy was stopped and the territorial integrity of our country was protected. As a result of the crushing blows, the Armenian side was forced to accept a bitter defeat. I have said this and I want to say again that if we had wanted, we could have conducted military battles on the territory of Armenia. However, we do not have military targets in Armenia, and this being the case, a ceasefire was introduced a few days later.”
“Armenian armed forces opened fire on our settlements, as well as our military positions, from several directions this morning, using various types of weaponry, including heavy artillery. As a result of the enemy fire, there are casualties among the civilian population and our servicemen. Some people have been wounded. May God rest our martyrs in peace! Their blood will not remain unavenged,” said the statement.
“As soon as I received the information in the morning, I contacted the Minister of Defense and the heads of other relevant agencies, gave relevant instructions, and on the basis of these instructions, the Azerbaijani Army launched a large-scale counter-offensive.”
“I must say that Armenia’s military provocation was pre-planned. They have been preparing for this provocation for a long time, and the intelligence we have shows that Armenia intends to start a new war against us. I have repeatedly talked about this issue in the last week, both in my TV interview and from the UN platform. I said that the aggressive state must be stopped. They are preparing for a new war.”
The foreign media primarily drew the audience’s attention to the Azerbaijani President’s statements on the policy of the Armenian leadership and its provocations. Arstakh’s foreign ministry cites the right for Armenians to self-identify in the region as their claim for continuing their settlement pursuits.