Safarov noted that the Azerbaijani army didn’t make an attack in early April, it conducted a counter-offensive against the enemy attack.
He said that during the April events, even 15-year-old boys expressed their desire to voluntarily join the army.
Under international law, Azerbaijan has the right to liberate its lands from occupation, Safarov said stressing that the Azerbaijani state and its army can take this step whenever they want.
As for the bill on recognition of the “independence” of the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, which will be discussed in Armenia’s parliament on May 5, Safarov said this is another provocation of Armenia.
“When the political regime in Armenia falls into a difficult situation, they resort to such provocations. And the recognition of the “independence” of the so-called regime in Nagorno-Karabakh will not change anything,” he added. “The Armenian parliament has no right to discuss any issue regarding Nagorno-Karabakh. The world community recognizes thatNagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts belong to Azerbaijan.”
Safarov emphasized that Armenia has no power and the ability to fight with Azerbaijan. He recalled that Azerbaijan didn’t have a regular army during the First Karabakh War.
“Today, Azerbaijan has a strong army. Azerbaijan is committed to a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. If needed, Azerbaijan will liberate its territories,” he added.
He said that Azerbaijan does not need the land of other countries. “The Armenians know that Nagorno-Karabakh was part of the Karabakh Khanate and the territories they are residing in now were the territories of Iravan and Nakhchivan khanates,” he concluded.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includesNagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam,Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.