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President: Only first stage of war ended

‘The war has not ended yet, only first stage has ended’ President of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev said at the military parade.

The head of state noted that there was a problem in APF-Musavat authority and Armenia occupied our lands taking advantage of this opportunity: ‘According to the international law, Nagorno Karabakh is the land of Azerbaijan. UN and other international organizations adopted decisions and resolutions about this issue. UN SC four resolutions show that Armenia must leave the occupied lands. These resolutions are still valid’.

Supreme Commander-in-Chief said that Khojaly genocide was committed against Azerbaijani people: ‘More than 600 old men, children, women have been killed, over 1,000 people went missing. 10 countries officially recognized Khojaly genocide. Azerbaijan will never reconcile with the occupation and will restore its territorial integrity. We had to form a strong army and we did it. Today, Azerbaijan’s army is among the strongest armies in the world. For strong army, it’s needed a strong economy. There was no country developing in economy like Azerbaijan during past 15 years. Our economy increased by 3.2-fold. We don’t receive aid from anyone and live on own our account. We direct our funds to the tasks lying ahead of us. Army building holds main place among these tasks. Military expenditures have increased by 15 times since 2003’.

The head of state noted that tens of military towns were built in the recent years: ‘80% of military towns have been rebuilt and repaired. All military towns will be repaired during next 2-3 years. Military servicemen with 20-year experience are given apartments. More than 20,000 civil citizens are working in military units’.

‘As a result of the operation conducted last month by the Independent Combined-Arms Regular Army of Nakhchivan, 11,000 hectares of our territory seized by the enemy in the early 1990s were freed. Azerbaijan conducted a great deal of engineering, reconnaissance work. The Nakhchivan operation was carried out with great skills’.

‘Nakhchivan operation showed that Azerbaijan’s army is a strong army and is able to fulfill any task and fulfills’.

Azerbaijani flag was raised in the lands freed in April battles of 2016, Nakhchivan operations in 2018.