Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev demanded on Sunday that Armenia set a timetable for withdrawing from the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding Azeri territories, and stated Azerbaijan wouldn’t stop army motion till that occurred.
In a televised deal with to the nation, Aliyev stated Azeri forces had been advancing in a week-long offensive to retake lands that they misplaced to ethnic Armenians within the 1990s.”The Azeri soldier is chasing them like a canine, the Azeri soldier is standing at their posts, now we have taken their weaponry, we’re finishing up the mission of liberation,” he declared.
The content material and tone of Aliyev’s message made clear that Azerbaijan wouldn’t entertain requires a direct ceasefire, as Russia, america and European Union have repeatedly urged.
“Azerbaijan has one situation, and that’s the liberation of its territories,” he stated.
“Nagorno-Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan. We should return and we will return.” A whole bunch of individuals have been killed previously week of preventing between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces, together with greater than 40 civilians.
The clashes are the worst for the reason that 1990s, when some 30,000 individuals had been killed. They’ve raised worldwide concern about stability within the South Caucasus, the place pipelines carry Azeri oil and fuel to world markets.
The battle threatens to tug in different regional powers as Azerbaijan is supported by Turkey, whereas Armenia has a defence pact with Russia.
Earlier on Sunday, Azerbaijan stated Armenian forces had fired rockets at its second metropolis of Ganja, killing one civilian and wounding 32, and threatened to retaliate by destroying army targets inside Armenia.
Armenia denied it had directed hearth “of any sort” in the direction of Azerbaijan. The chief of Nagorno-Karabakh stated his forces had focused a army airbase in Ganja however later stopped firing so as to keep away from civilian casualties.