Azerbaijan envoy Ali Alizada says we don’t want war, we demand justice

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The top of Azerbaijan embassy to Pakistan held a press conference to update Pakistani media on the latest situation of war over the issue of Nagorno Karabakh on Thursday at a local hotel in Islamabad.

In a joint press conference the Azerbaijan embassy briefed the media, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Ali Alizada said that we do not want war with Armenia rather we want justice according to the the United Nations Security Council resolutions, Col Mehman Novruzov, Military Attache of Azerbaijan briefed the media about the military developments while Mr. Samir Guliyev, Deputy Head of mission (DHM) of Azerbaijan embassy conducted the Question & answer section at the end of the press conference.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan Ali Alizada reiterated that Armenia should make an unconditional and immediate withdrawal from the Occupied Azerbaijani territories while implementing the United Nations Security Council resolutions. He said Armenia started the current military aggression and attacks against Azerbaijan.He said his country wanted peace and the Azeri President had agreed to restart negotiations.

However, he said Armenia was acting contrary to the negotiation process and was trying to consolidate the status quo and its illegal occupation of Nagorno Karabakh.He referred to the UN resolution which had condemned invasion and seizure of Azerbaijani territory by Armenia and demanded a stop to all attacks and observance of the sovereignty and territory integrity of Azerbaijan.

Giving the background for the present round of hostilities, Alizada said the provocations were carried out by the Armenian leadership, both in word and deed, including the visit to occupied Shusha to participate in the inauguration of the self-proclaimed regime in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

He said in response to the military aggression of Armenia, Azerbaijan started a counter offensive and peace enforcement initiative within the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan and in compliance with the 51st article of the UN charter for right of self-defence.Alizada held the Armenian military and political leadership responsible for the escalation of the situation on the frontlines.

The President of Azerbaijan had stated that his country had no military target in Armenia, he said adding, “Armenia is targeting our human settlements and civilian installations.”He said Armenia was in violation of international humanitarian law and Geneva convention as it was targeting civilians in occupied territory and even civilians Armenia to involve other parties to the conflict.

Military Attache of Azerbaijan Col Mehman Novruzov told that the Azerbaijan army after launching the counter offensive liberated 25 villages and one city and by October 7 Armenian army lost 250 tanks, 270 artillery pieces, 60 air defence systems and one S-300 air defence system.

Mr. Samir Guliyev, Deputy Head of mission (DHM) of Azerbaijan embassy said that on September 27, 2020 the armed forces of Armenia blatantly violated the ceasefire and launched another aggression against Azerbaijan.While trying to compensate for its serious losses, Armenia tried to involve foreign nationals including mercenaries from different countries, he added.

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