Azerbaijan can restore territorial integrity by military means

By: Sara Rajabova

Azerbaijan’s defense minister has said the country can restore its territorial integrity by military means.

Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov made the remark speaking at a meeting with officers of the department of personnel and military lawyers, as well as the faculty of humanities departments of educational institutions for special purposes at the Center for Education and Training armed forces on December 10.

Hasanov said the works are underway in most regions to improve the social conditions of the personnel of the armed forces. In this regard, works on capital construction and repair were carried out, household and economic activities of the military units were changed and a large number of modern weapons and equipment were purchased.

He said the trust maintained by the government imposes a great responsibility on the staff. He stressed that everyone should feel a responsibility for the fulfillment of duties connected with the liberation of the occupied lands.

Expressing confidence that the country’s territorial integrity could be restored by the military means, Hasanov informed the officers and employees of HR departments, military lawyers and psychologists about their responsibilities, gave instructions and recommendations to improve the educational works and the moral and psychological training courses.

Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s. Long-standing efforts by U.S, Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

As a result of the military aggression of Armenia, over 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed, 4,866 are reported missing and almost 100,000 were injured, and 50,000 were disabled.

The UN Security Council has passed four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal from the Azerbaijani territory, but they have not been enforced to this day.