The wounds of the war unleashed by Azerbaijan have not healed yet, while Baku is preparing for new adventures. The oil profits are channeled to new military provocations, RA Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian stated, responding to questions following his speech at the Indian Council of World Affairs, in Delhi, India, Nov. 11.
Minister Nalbandian delivered a lengthy speech. Attending were foreign ambassadors, high-ranking officials, political experts and journalists.
Speaking of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, Minister Nalbandian, reminded the attendees of the Armenian-Azerbaijani agreement on the exchange of POWs and victims’ bodies in Astrakhan. The sides started implementing the agreements following the Astrakhan meeting. However, Azerbaijan has begun abusing even this exchange to deceive the public, Minister Nalbandian said.
On November 7, at a ceremony held on the occasion, President Ilham Aliyev restated Azerbaijan’s readiness to use military force to resolve the problem. He declared a soldier, who killed five and injured three Armenian soldiers during an act of sabotage on the line of contact, a national hero. He pointed out that “tens of thousands of such heroes are waiting for a command by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. He made several mentions of “shahids”, abusing the religious feelings of the Azerbaijanis and claiming they can be examples for the young generation. President Aliyev was again speaking of the “great amount of weapons, ammunition and military potential, as well as of the army’s high morale.”
Even at a school opening ceremony, the Azeri leader is saber-rattling, laying territorial claims and claiming that Armenia is an Azerbaijani land, and even children must know about it.
It is not Germany in 1939, but Azerbaijan in 2010.
Since 2004, Azerbaijan’s military budget has increased 18-fold. Azerbaijan’s 2010 military budget is 10% of GDP, 2011 budget will be is 20% of GDP.
If Azerbaijan wants the Nagorno-Karabakh problem to be settled, it must aim its efforts at negotiations within the OSCE Minsk Group, at practical rather than formal participation.
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