Karabakh: Armenia to learn lessons
By Anastasia Lavrina
Almost two years have passed since the outbreak of the liberation war in September 2020, which ended with the victory of Azerbaijan and the restoration of the country’s territorial integrity. However, we regret that Armenia has not learned from this and has never learned to live in peace with its neighbours. Attacks continue in the area of responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping forces in the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, as well as on the official border. Azerbaijani soldiers die by the bullets of Armenian militias who have not yet left the territory of Azerbaijan, despite the commitments contained in the Tripartite Declaration of November 10, 2020. How to deal with those who violate international laws, in the face of risks destabilizing the whole region? What to do with armed groups from a neighboring country that commit violations on the territory of another sovereign state? How to solve the problem if this country does not understand the language of dialogue and ignores a document signed in its hand that sends its soldiers to kill innocent people on the territory of a neighboring country? When all remedies have been exhausted, the only solution left is to use force. It’s unfortunate, but that’s how it is.
Operation Revenge, which lasted several hours, was a measure in response to an attack. As Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev noted, “The blood of the Azerbaijani martyr cost the enemies dearly and they should not forget it.” Armenia must understand that any aggression will lead to a similar response from Azerbaijan. If there are people in Armenia who think that they can intimidate Azerbaijan by asking for help from other countries, they are deeply mistaken. And the countries that might be inclined to invite Azerbaijan to resolve the emerging issues peacefully would be better for them to put appropriate pressure on Armenia, the aggressor country that has occupied 20% of our lands under occupation for nearly 30 years, a country that has burned and destroyed hundreds of cultural and religious sites and monuments, And he constantly seeks to aggravate the situation by refusing to sign a peace treaty.
The Azerbaijani government is actively implementing huge projects related to gasification, electricity, water supply and road construction in almost all regions of the country. These projects will benefit the entire South Caucasus. Extensive work is underway in Karabakh and east of Zangezur. Azerbaijan restores infrastructure and creates all conditions for the return of former internally displaced persons to their original lands. Much attention is paid to the development of agriculture. All necessary conditions were created for the integration of the economy of Karabakh and eastern Zangezur into the world economy. The launch of the Zangezur Pass, which will connect Azerbaijan with the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic through the territory of Armenia, is of paramount importance and its opening is only a matter of time.
The Armenians living in Karabakh today are Azerbaijani citizens and the Azerbaijani government is ready to ensure the protection of their rights as well as the rights of any Azerbaijani. Azerbaijan has already made it clear that the Armenians living in Karabakh will not have a special status or status. It’s time to accept that. Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan, both from a historical point of view and from the point of view of international law.
An occupying country may not colonize the occupied territories. This is contrary to all provisions of international law and the Geneva Conventions. Armenia has also violated this rule. The Azerbaijani city of Lachin and the villages of Zaboh and Sus were illegally annexed during the period of Armenian occupation, and today the people living there have to look for a new place to live. For what happened, they are blamed only on the Armenian leadership, which pursued its selfish goals without caring about the future of these people.
According to the tripartite declaration signed in the fall of 2020, Armenia pledged to leave settlements around the Lachin Corridor, which provides communication between Armenia and the Azerbaijani city of Khankendi in Karabakh, as soon as a new road connecting Armenia and Karabakh is established. , bypassing the city of Lachin. Azerbaijan built a 32-kilometer road for this purpose in just one year. However, even here, the Armenians living in this region do not behave with dignity. They left the Azerbaijani Lachin, and burned the houses in which they lived. Thus, they show their hatred and refusal to accept the new reality. This behavior entails the military and legal responsibility of Armenia. The time has come for you to draw the right conclusions, otherwise it will reap the rewards Armenia will either draw conclusions or reap the fruits of its greed.