Armenia delays settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, says top official

By: Mushvig Mehdiyev

Armenia’s unconstructive approach towards the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is what has prevented any breakthrough, a top Azerbaijani official said.

Referring to peace negotiations held throughout the last year, Artur Rasizade said it was unfortunate Armenia had torpedoed any hope of a solution towards settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Armenia’s position is obviously the major reason behind the existing status-quo in Nagorno-Karabakh. It is indefinitely delaying the settlement of the conflict,” he noted in an annual report on the Ministerial Cabinet’s activity in 2014 at the Parliament.

Rasizade stressed that in view of festering relations in between Baku and Yerevan, Azerbaijan’s focus had been to increase its military capability.

“Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Ilham Aliyev’ s main focus has been to build a stronger army, reforming it regularly and supplying it with the most modern weapons alongside improving soldiers’ welfare,” he added.

Azerbaijan’s arms imports rose by 249 percent between the periods of 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Rasizade believes that the recent adequate responses of the Azerbaijani army to provocative attempts by Armenian occupants showed the strength of Azerbaijan’s forces.

“Preventive operations of Azerbaijani armed forces against enemy’s incursions on the line of contact visually prove the day by day growth of the Azerbaijani army’s fighting efficiency,” he said.

Armenia is playing a destructive role when it could help foster peace and stability in view of the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, especially since the UNSC resolutions already called on Armenia to withdraw back into its borders and free Azerbaijan’s occupied territories.

Resorting to armed incursions rather than intensifying efforts towards reaching a peaceful resolution to the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh proves Armenia’s reluctance to promoting stability in the region.

Regular ceasefire violations triggered by the Armenian forces so far have generated much instability, complicating any hope for a fast and peaceful resolution of the conflict.

Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized Nagorno-Karabakh territory has become a conflict zone following Armenia’s aggression in the early 1990s. As a result of Armenia’s armed invasion, 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory fell under Armenia’s occupation. Nonetheless, the OSCE has attempted to foster a peaceful resolution to this conflict amid Armenia’s persistent derailment on peace talks.

SOURCE: Azer News