Baku/Yerevan: Azeri President Ilham Aliyev has sent a warning to Armenia. The Azeri President said, ‘We are hoping to resolve the current conflict with negotiations. Armenian soldiers must withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh. If that doesn’t happen, Azerbaijan will continue by any means to restore territorial integrity. Also, to accomplish that, we will fight till the end’. Aliyev’s threat has completely waned a possible end to the Armenia-Azerbaijan war, which has been raging for a month and a half. President Aliyev made the statement during his meeting with a Turkish minister and only confirmed Turkish interference and acts of provocation in the war.
The war began towards the end of September and is increasingly intensifying by the day. Four attempts to accomplish a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan by Russia, the US and EU were unsuccessful. While the international community is trying to establish peace, Turkey, however, appears engaged in activities that are sharply escalating the war. Besides, Turkish ministers are frequenting Azerbaijan and issuing aggressive statements one after another. Due to Turkey’s support, Azerbaijan has now also begun to issue bold and provocative statements as is seen from Aliyev’s warning.
Azeri President’s statement is believed attributed to the security Russia has hinted at providing Armenia. Azerbaijan has attained success in taking control of more areas in the current war ongoing for over five weeks than it had in the past. The country intends to maintain the lead it has gained with Turkey’s assistance in future as well. Both Turkey and Azerbaijan are well aware that the tables will turn in favour of Armenia if Russia begins to assist it in the war. As a result, Turkey and Azerbaijan are likely trying to pressurise the other side before negotiations could begin.
Meanwhile, the local administration has informed that Armenia has lost 1,166 soldiers and 1,200 civilians in Azeri attacks launched on Nagorno-Karabakh. According to some claims, Azerbaijani forces have already arrived at a distance of 5km from Shushi, Nagorno-Karabakh’s second-most-important city. Armenia also asserted that Shushi and four other cities were being targeted continuously with missiles and artillery guns. Nevertheless, Azerbaijan rejected the claims and counter-alleged Armenia was attacking its towns instead.
The dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two ex-Soviet republics which separated from the Soviet Union in 1991, continues still. The autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, remains the point of contention between the two nations. The number of ethnic Armenians in the region, however, is more significant and Armenia controls some part of it. Over the past three decades, conflicts have sparked off several times at the borders of the two Central Asian nations. However, the border tensions between the two neighbours have been ratcheting up for the past four years. The ongoing war is the most intense confrontation between the nations. Moreover, Turkey’s involvement has complicated the war and turned it more comprehensive.