Baku, Azerbaijan – The Azerbaijani army continues its operations in order to liberate the occupied territories of Armenia. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev Said, ” Karabakh is Azerbaijan! ” in a last-minute statement with a note, he announced that 6 more villages had been liberated from the Armenian occupation. It was stated that the Armenian soldiers, who could not stand in the face of the successful operations of the Azerbaijani army in Nagorno-Karabakh, fled from the front.
The Azerbaijani army continues its operations to liberate the territory occupied by Armenia unabated. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced the regions that the Azerbaijani army had liberated from occupation. Aliyev said in his last-minute statement that 6 more villages in Fizuli Gabriel and Khojavend were liberated from the occupation of Armenia.
“The heroic Azerbaijani army liberated the villages of Arish of Fuzuli province, Doshulu of Gabriel province, Edisha, Düdükçü, Edilli, Chiraguz of Khojavend province from the occupation. Long Live the Azerbaijani army. Karabakh Is Azerbaijan.” he shared.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said this morning that Armenia had retreated in some parts of the front line against the Azerbaijani army.
The ministry stated that clashes continued in Agdere and Agdam and Fizuli, Hadrut and Jabrayil regions. Armenia continued to attack throughout the night, and Armenians were forced to retreat in some places after the Azerbaijani army responded, the statement said.
In response to the attacks of the Azerbaijani army Armenian troops as a result of two T-72 tanks, Tor-M2KM surface-to-air missile (SAM), four BM-21 Grad MLRS, D-20, D-30 and two D-1 ball bombs, UAVs and military vehicles as well as several of the enemy were destroyed.
According to information from the front, the Armenian Armed Forces and equipment temporarily located in the occupied territories were severely destroyed and damaged. The Ministry of Defense stated that the Armenian military units were experiencing shortages of military equipment and fuel.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who gave information about the conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, announced that some regions were saved from the occupation of Armenia, “Turkey plays an active role in the region as a neighbor of Azerbaijan, a neighbor of Armenia and a neighbor of Georgia, another South Caucasian country. This is Turkey’s right,” he said.
For weeks, tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia continue to cast a shadow over the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia. Immediately after the ceasefire, the Armenian army hit Ganja, the largest city in Azerbaijan, today also shot civilians who were visiting a cemetery in Terter. 4 people were killed in the attack.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev made statements about the latest developments in Nagorno-Karabakh. Aliyev said that the goal of Azerbaijan is to ensure territorial integrity:
Therefore, the main goal on the battlefield is to liberate strategic heights from invaders and take control of large areas. The strategic heights in the north, south and east directions are under our control.
We liberated a number of villages in the Fizuli region from the invaders. I’m sure there will be great news from Fizuli in the near future. We are currently conducting major operations in the North and South directions. As you know, the rescue of Gabriel was the result of a very successful operation, and we already own most of the villages in Gabriel.
“Armenia should put aside its aggression, abide by the ceasefire and withdraw from the occupied territories,” Aliyev said, adding that “then this issue should be resolved peacefully without bloodshed.”
Aliyev stressed that one of the main reasons for the ceasefire was due to humanitarian issues:
Some work has been done in this direction. We have taken very important steps to replace the bodies. We have included the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in this work. But unfortunately, Armenia has launched new attacks on us using this truce. It’s not just the bombing of ganja, it’s a war crime, it’s an act of terrorism.
Armenia has once again shown its face to the world as a country of terror. After the armistice, they wanted to use these opportunities and attacked Hadrut 2-3 times and tried to reoccupy Hadrut. But they were not successful. They suffered a great loss of life and weapons.
In other directions, in the Jabrayil area, Jabrayil’s attacks against us in the north direction, along the Araz River, were reorganized. Of course, all these attacks were repelled. Therefore, if this ugly policy continues in Armenia, he will regret it.
Even from the first hours of the War, I called on them and the Armenian people to leave this land peacefully, no bloodshed, no death. Unfortunately, Armenia does not comply with this, and today the Armenian administration is to blame for the complete destruction of the Armenian army on the battlefield.
Aliyev continued his statements as follows:
It is a fact that no problem in the region today can be solved without the participation of Turkey. Recent periods have clearly shown this. This is a fact. Of course, Turkey plays an active role in the region as a neighbor of Azerbaijan, a neighbor of Armenia and a neighbor of Georgia, another South Caucasian country. This is Turkey’s right.
Historically, we know history well. Therefore, from the first hours of these struggles, we have clearly and indisputably stated that Turkey should be involved in this work in order for the process to become political. If so, sooner or later these wars will stop and the peace phase will be achieved. Actually, I said there is Turkey. Because yesterday, Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Putin spoke on the phone.
At the same time, the Foreign and Defense Ministers of Turkey and Russia recently met on the phone. Because they are discussing the Karabakh issue. As a matter of fact, Turkey is a member of the Minsk Group, and the Minsk Group has not reached a consensus for 30 years, it has not implemented 4 UN Security Council resolutions for 30 years, so it has not been able to help in this regard, and this situation has actually come to a standstill. Of course, we hope that this issue will be resolved soon, Turkey needs to take an active role in this, and I am sure it will be.
Aliyev stated that the deployment of peacekeeping forces in the region is based on basic principles.:
This is one of the basic principles. But in the final stage of this process, this problem had to be solved. Given that basic principles are not accepted, these are still just a matter of debate, I don’t know how accurate it might be to comment on this topic.
Therefore, in the current situation, the active phase of the war is still ongoing, I think it is very early. Of course, in this case, the word Azerbaijan should be taken into account and taken. Because everyone should know that wars are being fought on the territory of Azerbaijan today. From the point of view of international law, this is our land, from the point of view of historical justice, this is our land. It is not possible to bring the Armed Forces of another country to Azerbaijan without the permission of Azerbaijan.
Aliyev said that there are agreements between Azerbaijan and Turkey in many areas:
The agreements we have signed in many areas are in force. These agreements also include articles on military cooperation and mutual assistance. It is our right. If there is a very serious threat to Azerbaijan, Of course, Turkey is our ally and we can use these opportunities. But we did not discuss Turkey’s establishment of a military base in Azerbaijan.
Our military cooperation is growing stronger every year. Last year alone, we conducted 10 joint military exercises. This year, the Corona was briefly decommissioned due to the virus and only two military exercises were held. But these military exercises have also caused great concern in our region. This is no worries. Because these exercises are not preparatory exercises against any country.
These exercises aim to strengthen our military cooperation, improve the Azerbaijani army, bring it closer to the criteria of the Turkish army and benefit from Turkey’s positive experience in the military field. That is why there has been a lot of information in the international media about the Turkish military base since the end of September. There’s no basis for that. The cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan is so strong, so far-reaching that we are close to each other at all times. Whether we have a base or not, we trust Turkey, and Turkey trusts us.
Aliyev continued his words:
In the messages addressed to us from almost everywhere, not only during this period, but also in previous ones, it was that there was no military solution to this problem. We didn’t react ahead of time. That’s what we wanted them to say. This is their view and our view is that this problem should only be solved peacefully. But what do we see? This road hasn’t worked in 30 years.
Armenia has tried to keep these lands under occupation for 30 years. I said that we are now in the process of solving the problem by military means. We want this phase to end as soon as possible, and then the diplomatic phase begins. So our approach is to solve this problem through military and political means.
It can’t be solved by military means alone. I agree. Because after the active stage of the conflict, the parties should consider and do a peace agreement. So there will be political paths. Therefore, the military and political path is the most acceptable path. But Armenia thinks it will take back the lands we have saved. That’s why he’s always attacking us on the battlefield.
Aliyev ended his statements stating that a ceasefire was declared with Armenia:
We have given a very serious order to all our military units to secure the ceasefire. However, it’s not so easy to do this. We stopped at 12: 00, but they didn’t stop. After that, for about an hour, we moved again to defend ourselves, and after that we saved several more villages from occupation. Therefore, Armenia must finally understand that it cannot achieve anything in this way.
They just need to abide by the truce. I think the Armenian administration should make a new statement that they will ensure the ceasefire. After that we stop. But after that, the process cannot continue for years. After that, we should be given a calendar.
At the Moscow meetings, we did not insist on a calendar. We understand that because it’s hard to agree on this in one day. But as soon as the peace process begins, the first issue on the agenda is the calendar. The dates on which the Armenian Armed Forces will leave the remaining territories and the dates on which we will enter these territories should be given. Otherwise, as I said, we will continue to the end.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced that 6 more villages were liberated from the occupation of Armenia. In a statement on his official Twitter account, Aliyev said::
He announced that the villages of Arish, Jabrayil, Doshulu, Khojavend, Edisha, Dudukci, Edilli, Chiraquz of the Fizuli region were liberated from the occupation by the Azerbaijani army. Long Live the Azerbaijani army! Karabakh is Azerbaijan.
The main reason for the tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia is Nagorno-Karabakh… with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Karabakh became a region of tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Tensions have been escalating for more than 20 years, with the Armenians of Karabakh demanding that Karabakh be transferred from Soviet Azerbaijan to Soviet Armenia. No country officially recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh, which has the support of Armenia, except Armenia. According to official documents, the region is located under the occupation of Armenia.
Despite the ceasefire between the sides, frequent clashes continue on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which occupies the region. Tensions in the region are also being closely watched by the international public because of the gas and oil pipeline corridor in the region.