The war has not ended yet, only the first stage of war is over, said Azerbaijan’s President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev.
In 1993, Armenia, taking advantage of the incompetence of the AFP-Musavat authority, occupied Azerbaijani lands, said the president addressing the military parade on the Azadlig Square in Baku on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, APA reports.
“According to international law, Nagorno-Karabakh is the land of Azerbaijan. The United Nations and other international organizations have adopted many decisions and resolutions in this regard. UN Security Council’s four resolutions demand an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories. These resolutions still remain in force,” the head of state said.
President Aliyev recalled that an act of genocide was committed against the Azerbaijani population in the town of Khojaly.
“More than 600 old men, children and women were killed and 1,000 others went missing in the wake of the Khojaly genocide,” he said, adding that ten countries have officially recognized the Khojaly genocide.
Azerbaijan will never accept the occupation of its territories and will restore its territorial integrity, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief stressed.
“We had to build a strong army and we did it. Today, the Azerbaijani army is among the world’s strongest armies. A strong economy is needed for the establishment of a strong army,” he said. “Azerbaijan’s economy has grown by 3.2 times over the past 15 years. We live at our own expense and don’t receive aid from anyone. We direct the funds acquired to the fulfillment of the tasks ahead. Army building is among our priorities. Military expenditures have increased by 15 times since 2003.”
The head of state said that tens of military towns have been built in the country in recent years.
“Eighty percent of military towns have been rebuilt and repaired. All military towns in the country will be repaired in the coming years. Our servicemen’s housing problems are solved. More than 20,000 civilians are currently employed in military units,” President Aliyev added.