Karabagh DM Questions Azerbaijan’s Readiness to Start New War

STEPANAKERT (Combined Sources)–Karabagh’s defense minister Major General Seiran Ohanian–said Thursday that there have not been considerable changes on the Armenian-Azeri border in the last ten years since the establishment of the 1994 cease-fire.

During a meeting with reporters–the minister noted that reports disseminated by Azeri mass media claiming Azeri forces have penetrated Karabagh’s positions are explicit lies.

"Such propaganda naturally aims to make psychological attacks and terrorize the peaceful population to create a feeling of fright and hopelessness–but they are doomed to fail," he said.

Answering questions on the possibility of war resuming again–Ohanian said that technically–the war could restart any time–and stressed the need to always be prepared. "Generally–resumption of war is possible at any time and we should be ready for that. But I don’t think Azerbaijan is ready today to resume military actions especially since a successful balance of power has been maintained."

Commenting on the status of Karabagh’s army–the defense minister said the army is not only ready defensively–but also to ready to counterattack. "In recent years we have worked hard to strengthen ties between the people and the army; when society and the army are united–they are undefeatable."

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