"We can be proud of our Armed Forces today. We are celebrating the Army Day today as a victorious nation, as a victorious country. During the years of occupation, I always said in numerous meetings with the military - in military units, trenches, the Lalatapa peak and military parades – that we would one day return to our native lands. I have always said that if Armenia did not leave our lands of its own free will, we would resolve the Karabakh issue by military means. And this is exactly what happened. The victorious Azerbaijani Army has fulfilled its historic mission with dignity," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev at the opening of the command military unit on the sidelines of his visit to Kalbajar district on June 26 - Armed Forces Day, APA reports.
"We showed the greatness of our people in the Patriotic War, our invincible spirit and our strong resolve. We showed that the Azerbaijani people never intended to come to terms with the occupation. We simply wanted this issue to be resolved peacefully, and that was the goal of our negotiations for many years. We did not want bloodshed. We were hoping that the international community would impose sanctions on Armenia and force the occupier out of our lands. Unfortunately, we did not see that and the people of Azerbaijan mobilized all their forces and fulfilled the historically glorious mission," stressed head of state.