Armenia has no intention to occupy Baku, but can cause irreversible losses,President Serzh Sargsyan said Saturday, November 26 during the ruling Republican Party’s convention in Yerevan.
“Azerbaijan keeps bragging about imposing its will through the use of force and violence,”Sargsyan said commenting on Baku’s offensive unleashed against Nagorno Karabakh.
Azerbaijan on April 2 attacked Karabakh positions and settlements, as a result of which hundreds were killed on both sides. The parties reached an agreement on the cessation of hostilities on April 5.
“Azerbaijan’s aggression was a serious blow to the negotiation process,” Sargsyan said.
“Just like before the events in April, our stance remains unchanged, Armenia and Karabakh have no reason to go to war. And this is the most essential difference with Azerbaijan’s approach.”
Sargsyan said he is deeply convinced that the conflict can be solved only through peaceful talks, adding that the sides should give a clear and realistic assessment of the existing balance of forces.
“We don’t pursue the task of capturing Baku and calling capitulation, but we do understand the scale of irreparable loss we can cause our rivals,” the President said.
“I don’t think I need to go into more details.”
“I see no sense in engaging in arms race, as no weapons and armor can solve the outcome of a military action,” he added.
“Our efforts should be aimed at enhancing the morale, professional skills and tactical capabilities of our armed forces.”