The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Ilham Aliyev: No matter how well Armenia tries, it won’t avoid Karabakh talks

Ilham Aliyev: No matter how well Armenia tries, it won’t avoid Karabakh talks



The April battles have almost destroyed the ideological foundations of Armenia, said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as he received a group of servicemen on the anniversary of the April victories of the Azerbaijani army.

“Today, the Armenian society is in concussion and panic,” he said. “The forces that took a more pragmatic approach to the situation say openly that if Armenia does not adjust its relations with Azerbaijan, it will have no future.”

“I have repeatedly said that the only way for Armenia to survive as a country is to regulate its relations with its neighbors,” Ilham Aliyev added. “And there is the only way for this – the occupying forces must unconditionally and immediately withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani territories. These battles have had a great impact from this point of view. This impact is still ongoing. These battles have visually demonstrated the power of the Azerbaijani state, people and army.”

“This is the result of the attention paid to army building, our policy, the strengthening of the material and technical base and the combat potential of our army in recent years,” the head of state said.

President Aliyev noted that a new situation has emerged both in the negotiation process and in the region.

“It is true that Armenia is trying to avoid negotiations,” Ilham Aliyev said. “But Armenia will not succeed and will be forced to return to negotiations no matter how well it tries, because they are well aware in which direction the situation will develop, if the negotiations are not conducted. Of course, our position at the negotiation table has been reinforced after the April battles, and the entire international community has seen it.”