BAKU — Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, speaking during the biggest military parade in Baku since the fall of the Soviet Union, promised to boost army spending and gain control of Nagorno Karabakh.
“The war is not over yet,” Aliyev said at the showpiece parade in the centre of Baku, vowing to end what he called the “occupation” of Karabakh.
“The territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored and the territory will be restored,” he said.
In his speech, Aliyev also spoke approvingly about the increases in defence spending financed by the energy-rich state’s huge revenues from oil and gas exports.
“Azerbaijan has fulfilled the task that I set, which was that Azerbaijan’s military expenditure must exceed the entire state budget of Armenia,” he said, noting that defence spending reached $3.3 billion this year.
The demonstrative nature of Aliyev’s statement is in the fact that it was voiced right after the Kazan meeting, that is after the co-chairs stressed once again that a diplomatic settlement is the only acceptable settlement of the issue and has no alternative. The Azerbaijani president’s statement, hence, became a sort of demarche.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Louisiana Armenians Commemorated The Genocide Centennial

BATON ROUGE — Sunday, April 19, 2015 was a memorable day for…

Glendale City Council Proposes Moving Armenian American Museum to Downtown Glendale’s Arts and Entertainment District

GLENDALE, CA – On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Glendale City Council voted…

US Labor Department Official Michael Avakian Resigns Amid Possible Ethics Probe

WASHINGTON, DC — Associate Deputy Labor Secretary Michael Avakian has resigned less…

Rachel Nadjarian Named AIWA Executive Director

BOSTON– The Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) has announced that Rachel Onanian…