By Aynur Karimova
The Azerbaijani Army is in a state of combat readiness and is able to promptly liberate the occupied territories, Fattah Heydarov, a member of the Azerbaijani Parliament, the Chairman of the Council of Elders, told Trend on October 16.
He said that as a result of successfully conducted reforms, the Azerbaijani Army has become the largest in the South Caucasus region.
"The Armenian Army is the smallest in the region. The fact that the Azerbaijani Army is the largest in the region is a kind of message to the world that we can liberate our occupied lands at any time. Unfortunately, international organizations turn a blind eye to the aggressive policy of Armenia. However, these organizations forget that there are people in Azerbaijan who want to return to their native lands, and their rights cannot be ignored," Heydarov noted.
Azerbaijan is in a state of war, the war is not over and the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not a frozen conflict, earlier said President Ilham Aliyev, who chaired a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on October 12.
"We must and we will restore our territorial integrity. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved on the principles of international law. The territorial integrity of our country is no less important than the territorial integrity of any other country. The issue must be resolved within the framework of international law and the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. We are strengthening our economy and building up our army. We will take the necessary action at any time," he noted.
Heydarov believes that President Aliyev's words are worthy message of the head of state to the whole world, the international community, who took a biased position towards the conflict.
Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a lengthy war that ended with the signing of a fragile ceasefire in 1994. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. Since the war, the Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions.
Armenia continues the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of armed forces.
Peace talks brokered by mediators from Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far.
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