Another irresponsible and populist speech by Chief of General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces Movses Hakobyan is not surprising, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told APA on Friday.
Representatives of Armenia’s criminal military and political regime had made similar statements before the April battles, the Azerbaijani ministry noted.
“We all remember that following the April battles, Serzh Sargsyan realized that Movses Hakobyan’s presence in Nagorno-Karabakh would lead to his physical destruction and had to urgently to take him to Yerevan,” the ministry said.
“Having suffered from a heavy blow inflicted during the April fighting, the Armenian army and its leadership are trying to ease the ongoing political and social tensions in the country through such provocative speeches,” added the Azerbaijani ministry.
“Movses Hakobyan must realize that modern weapons to be used by the Azerbaijani army are more devastating than those used during the April battles and will completely destroy the Armenian army,” the Azerbaijani MoD warned.
In early April 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
As a result of this successful counteroffensive, more than 2,000 hectares of territory were liberated from the Armenian occupation.
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.