Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has demanded Armenia to set a timetable for withdrawing from the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
In a televised address to the nation on October 4, Aliyev said Azerbaijani forces were advancing to recapture the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The Azeri soldier is chasing them [Armenians] like dogs, the Azeri soldier is standing at their posts, we have taken their weaponry, we are carrying out the mission of liberation,” the President said.
Aliyev went on to say that Azerbaijan had waited 30 years to recapture its territory [Nagorno-Karabakh] from Armenian forces.
“Nagorno-Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan. We must return and we shall return”, he added.
Aliyev’s address came a few hours after a series of rocket strikes by Azerbaijani forces on the city of Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh. Civilian casualties were reported.
The Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched a large offensive against Armenian forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27. Syrian militants and allegedly Turkish troops are backing the offensive.
Aliyev’s new statements indicate that Azerbaijan is not willing to accept any ceasefire as for now. Talks with Armenia also appear to be highly-unlikely.
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