Baku – APA. Azerbaijani Armed Forces has full information about the performance characteristics of the missiles demonstrated by Armenia, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov.
Despite the efforts of Azerbaijan, the military-political leadership of Armenia has not taken any positive steps to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Minister Hasanov said at a meeting with personnel of the military units on the frontline.
Due to Armenia’s destructive position, there is no progress in the negotiation process, international law is violated, he noted.
“As noted by Azerbaijan’s Supreme Commander, giving effect to their dirty tactics, Armenia once again is trying to remove the issue from the world agenda and to extend the time. We must not allow this, and the conflict should find its speedy solution,” said the defense minister.
Hasanov emphasized that the provocations of the enemy on the front line continue and eventually become more and more.
“We have the full information about the performance characteristics of the missiles demonstrated by Armenia. It did not change the military balance in the region in favor of the enemy,” said Azerbaijan’s defense minister. “We have achieved superiority in all directions. And in response to the possible use by an enemy of some missiles, our Armed Forces, using thousands of missiles and the military means of the latest models available at their armament are able to not only shoot down these rockets, but also to destroy all the enemy's military infrastructure, regardless of the distance of its location.”
All threats of Armenia on the use of these missiles are nothing but a tale, he added.
“April's battle had to serve as a lesson for the enemy to be learnt. However, they have not learned any lesson from this. The responses to next provocations will be much more destructive and crushing, the enemy will be completely collapsed,” Hasanov warned.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.