Azerbaijan Renews Threats to Armenia

BAKU (Armenpress)–The Defense Minister of Azerbaijan–Safar Abiyev said the country would go to war to win back the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh unless Armenia gave it up–according to Azeri news reports.

"It is essential that the enemy realizes that if it does not give up our land peacefully then we will use force," said Abiyev. He added–"Now–more than ever–we need to have a strong military and Azerbaijan will make every effort to achieve that."

Abiyev is the latest of several Azeri officials–including President Hayder Aliyev–to threaten war over Karabakh since peace talks on the issue between Armenia and Azerbaijan came to a standstill in April.

But Western observers believe a renewal of hostilities is unlikely because Azerbaijan’s military is relatively weak–and with foreign investment pouring into its oil industry–it has too much to lose.

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