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Expert says Azerbaijan enjoys well-trained, well-equipped army

6 May 2016 10:45 (UTC+04:00)
Expert says Azerbaijan enjoys well-trained, well-equipped army

Strong Azerbaijani army can give a stiff resistance to the armed forces of Armenia, and today Azerbaijan has well-trained, well-equipped army, said Miad Khater, a Jordanian political analyst.

“However, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has repeatedly stated that Azerbaijan is committed to peaceful settlement of the conflict within the framework of international law. Azerbaijan supports the peaceful resolution of all the existing conflicts in the world. This position of the Azerbaijani leader is highly appreciated all over the world. Inhumane terrorist acts conducted by Armenia force Azerbaijan to take adequate counter-measures," Khater made the remark while talking to Azertac

Azerbaijan and Armenia for over two decades have been locked in conflict, which emerged over Armenian territorial claims. Since the 1990s war, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal, but they have not been enforced to this day.

Khater further said that the Azerbaijani armed forces have demonstrated professionalism and high morale while liberating several strategically important heights and settlements in early April following the Armenian provocation on the frontline.

“This is natural - over the last years Azerbaijan under the leadership of President Aliyev has focused on development in all fields and has achieved impressive success in record time. Special attention was paid to enhancing the defense capability, strengthening and upgrading of the country’s armed forces," he said.

The political scientist also hailed the relations and cooperation between Azerbaijan and Jordan. "President Aliyev very competently builds effective fraternal and friendly relations not only with Jordan, but also with many other countries of the Middle East. Jordan always supports the just position of Azerbaijan on all international platforms. The Council of Jordanian Senate issued a statement condemning the occupation of Azerbaijani territories and urged the release of the occupied lands", he reminded.

Long-simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared again on April 2 when the Armenian side began to shell the Azerbaijani positions and settlements along the frontline. To protect civilian population, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched counter attacks and repulsed the enemy forces back. On April 5, the two sides agreed on a ceasefire. However, the Armenian forces commit armistice breaches on the frontline almost every day targeting civilians and shelling villages.

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