On October 4, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev claimed that Azerbaijani forces are “chasing” Armenians like “dogs” and demanded the full withdrawal of Armenian forces, the Armenian recognition of Karabakh as a sovereign Azerbaijani territory and the official apology from Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the Azerbaijani nation.
On top of this, Aliyev emphasized that a military solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh question is on the table and criticized 28 years of unsuccessful negotiations.
“I have heard a lot that the conflict has no military solution. Firstly, I do not agree with this. Secondly, if there is no military path, then give us a non-military path, a diplomatic path. Implement the UN Security Council resolutions,” Aliyev said in an interview with Al Arabiya. “If international the community cannot ensure the implementation of international resolutions, Azerbaijan will do it itself, this is happening now “
In his remarks, Aliyev apparently cosplayed Turkish neo-Ottomanist President Recent Tayyip Erdogan that over the past years has become used to employ the rhetoric of this kind and provide a hard power-based realpolitik in the Greater Middle East. Turkey is the natural strategic ally of Azerbaijan and extensively backs it in its war with Armenia.
At the same time, the so-called international community, led by Washington (the ‘best friend’ of the current Armenian government) does nothing to stop the war. This demonstrates that the rhetoric about the democracy, freedom and human rights is no more than a blatant propaganda used by Western powers to justify the aggression in their own interests. And when the violation of ‘human rights’ and the violence go in their interests (like the destabilization of the South Caucasus), they are happy to turn a blind eye on such developments. In these lights, the Russian peace enforcement operation in South Ossetia in 2008 in response to the military aggression by the Saakashvily regime or the decision to return Crimea amid the emerging civil war in Ukraine look like bright examples of humanism and justice.
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