On October 5, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces continued conducting artillery and drone strikes on Armenian military positions and towns and cities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Meanwhile, they are consolidating their recent gains in the region and preparing for a new advance.
The Azerbaijani military released photos showing military equipment captured from Armenian forces. At least a part of these equipment is located in the area of Qyicaq, to the east from the town of Jebrayil:
Expecting further advances by Azerbaijani forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan and Turkey have already intensified their diplomatic offensive in order to set conditions for the international recognition of the expected results of the Azerbaijani-Armenian war that has all chances to lead to the Armenian retreat from the region.
On October 5, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that Turkey should participate in the settlement process in the recent conflict at the Azerbaijan-Armenia front line.
“Turkey, with its strong position in the international community, should participate in the solution process in Karabakh,” Aliyev said.
“Armenians are living in Azerbaijan. We have no problem with the Armenian people. The Armenian people are the hostages of their own power,” he said. The Azerbaijani President added that they will live together in the Upper-Karabakh when the Armenian ‘occupation’ is over. Nonetheless, the evidence from the ground shows a different situation that in the event of the Azerbaijani military victory will likely lead to the ethnic cleansing of the local Armenian population.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu participated in a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Ankara. He accused Armenia of targering civilians and slammed the Minsk group appraoch towards the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Cavusoglu urged all sides, particularly NATO, to call on Armenia to withdraw from Azerbaijani territories.
“Otherwise, this problem cannot be solved. Azerbaijani lands have been under occupation for 30 years,” the Turkish foreign minister said.
The Turkish top diplomat emphasized that Turkey supports its ‘Western friends’ over the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. So, NATO should show a similar approach towards Azerbaijan.
“So, why don’t we say to Armenia ‘withdraw from Azerbaijani lands’ when it comes to the Armenia-Azerbaijan issue?” Cavusoglu said.
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