Baku, March 18, AZERTAC
“The criminal military-political regime in Armenia bears full responsibility for the escalation of tension on the troops` line of contact,” said Azerbaijan`s minister of defense Zakir Hasanov as he met with Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus Günther Bächler.
He highlighted the military and political situation in the region, Armenia`s occupation of Azerbaijan`s lands, problems of refugees and IDPs.
“The Armenian criminal, terrorist leadership committed a genocide against innocent Azerbaijani population. The only way of solving the conflict within the international legal norms and principles as well as within state borders of Azerbaijan is to withdraw the occupant forces from our lands with the joint efforts of world community. Our armed forces are ready to restore Azerbaijan`s territorial integrity, and has enough power to fulfil this honorable duty,” Hasanov added.
Bächler spoke of the priorities of Germany`s chairmanship of the OSCE. He said special attention was attached to the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, describing it as “a threat to regional peace and stability.”