Azerbaijan Continues Military Escalation

*US Arms Control Agency reports that Azerbaijan’s military spending is almost four times higher than Armenia’s

WASHINGTON–According to the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency–Azerbaijan’s 46 percent increase in military spending since 1992 has brought its annual military expenditure level to close to four times that of Armenia–reported the Armenian National Committee of America.

"Armenian-Americans continue to be alarmed by Azerbaijan’s rapid military build-up and the sharp disparity that this escalation has created with neighboring Armenia–which the ACDA ran’s among the world’s least militarized nations–particularly in terms of military spending as a portion of gross national product," said Aram Hamparian–Executive Director of the ANCA. "The US and the other nations and multinational corporations involved in the region need to take meaningful steps aimed at deterring the Azeri government from this build-up toward war."

These findings are based on ACDA’s recently released annual report entitled–World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 1996. This report–now in its 25th year of publication–provides statistical information on military spending–arms imports and exports–armed forces–and basic economic measures for 172 countries over the period 1985-1995. According to the report:

*Azerbaijan’s military expenditures ($304 million) are 3.8 times that of Armenia’s ($79 million).

*Azerbaijan’s armed forces (87,000) are one and a half times larger than Armenia’s (60,000).

*Azerbaijan’s ratio of military expenditures as a part of its GNP (2.8 percent; ranked 66th in the world) is more than three times higher than Armenia’s (0.9 percent; ranked 150th in the world).

*Azerbaijan’s per capita military spending ($40) is 1.7 times more than Armenia’s ($23).

*Azerbaijan’s military spending ($304 million) in 1995–the last year covered by the report–is 46 percent higher than its 1992 level ($208 million).

*Over the past two years covered in the ACDA report–Armenia’s level of military expenditures ($150 million) was only 26 percent of Azerbaijan’s ($561 million).

For a copy of this 192-page report call the Superintendent of Documents at (202) 512-1800. The report and additional analyses are also available through ACDA’s Home Page http:www.acda.gov.

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