If Attacked, Armenia and Karabakh Will Deliver Final, Deadly Blow, Warns Sarkisian


STEPANAKERT–Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian was in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic over the weekend where he observed major military drills carried out near the Karabakh-Azerbaijan line-of-contact at Aghdam.

He was accompanied by Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakian, the Armenia’s Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanian and other high ranking officials. According to the Armenian President’s press service, the leaders of Armenia and Karabakh were present at the military exercises, conducted observation of the defense area, and participated in the opening ceremony of the apartments built for the military staff.

Later, Sarkisian conducted a working meeting with the participation of the Army High Command, where he delivered a powerful speech, in which he warned that Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh will deal a “devastating and final” blow to Azerbaijan if it unleashes a new war in the South Caucasus and attempts to resolve the Karabakh conflict by force.

Below is the full-text of the speech Sarkisian delivered to the soldiers.

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Dear junior officers,

Dear soldiers,

The exercises that we observed today have really been very impressive. This is the greatest proof of the fact that every month and every year our army advances even further, becomes more combat ready, more organized, and more disciplined. What we have is enough to deal the potential enemy a lethal blow. However, we will not be complacent about that but will continue to constantly amplify capabilities, skills and armaments of our Armed Forces because developments in the neighboring country are extremely troublesome. They link all their failures and problems to Armenians. Anti-Armenianism has become state policy. Unfortunately, they prepare their own people for war; we, on the contrary, prepare our people for peace, explain the importance of solving the issue through peaceful means. We state publicly, yes, we are ready to make some concessions, ready to solve the issue when the final status of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic is determined, i.e. the issue of security of the people of Nagorno Karabakh is resolved.

And to solve this issue, officers and soldiers, you always must be stronger, your combat readiness must intensify, your weapons must be faster, your willpower must prevail, your dedication must be boundless. I have no doubt that if the time comes, we will not only do again what we did in 1992-94, but will go even further and solve the issue once and for all; the issue will be closed for good. What’s to be done to reach our goal? We must constantly be vigilant, be ready. Nobody should doubt your resolve just as I don’t doubt it, because provocations go on, shooting goes on, people continue to die and not every one gives this conduct of Azerbaijan a proper assessment. It means that we have to be vigilant, it means that our military exercises, which have been very close to combat situation, must become a warning for the others, while for us they must become a norm of life. During the military exercises, the officers should display their knowledge, soldiers—their abilities, the command should constantly improve their skills. This is our approach, we have no other way. As Commander-in-Chief, as President of Armenia, officers and soldiers, I promise that you will have no need of anything. We will acquire modern gear, which we possess also today, we will have everything to be able to protect the most precious thing we have—lives of our soldiers and officers. What we have is quite enough to fulfill with honor the most important task we face.

We hear warmongering every day, every day we hear threats and attempts to scare us. But we have been there already. My veteran friends, who are present here today, officers of senior generation remember how in the beginning of 1992 only the lazy in Azerbaijan was not talking about drinking tea in Stepanakert or Shushi. Their dream remained unfulfilled and many of them took it to the otherworld. At the time they too thought that they were very strong, that they could solve the issue and very fast. We don’t want war and never wanted, but at that time we had to defend our Motherland. If the time comes again, this time our blow will be final and deadly.

I would like to thank you, your parents, your friends, your teachers, all those who sent you here, and long live to all the defenders of our Motherland.


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36 Comments

  1. ed said:

    It seems that Turkish-Azerbaijani tandem trying with indirect support of Levn´s ANC to get the maximum! Strong Army and strong Arstkah is as much important as law & order in country as well an effective fight of corruption and poverty!

  2. Harutuyn said:

    Ayo ete azerinere porsen u harsakven de el inch asem mer Presidente arten sheshtes harvase shat ahavor klini u gesh mer tshnamin verche verchov khaskana.

    • amb said:

      Please use Armenian fonts and letters to write in Armenian. If you don’t know how, please ask around and figure it out. In the past people had to use Latin letters to write in Armenian because there was no other choice. That’s not the case anymore, Armenian fonts and tools to write in Armenian are readily available and it’s time everybody uses them. Don’t be lazy.

  3. Hovsep Kouyoumdjian said:

    Great speech. We must never let our guard down! We must be ever vigilant! Our ultimate victory will come when the new Armenian generations are highly educated, thus eradicating poverty and de facto eliminating corruption. We, Armenians in the diaspora, can accelerate this by supporting the Armenian youth financially and morally.
    Long live Hayastan!

  4. Norin Radd said:

    Armenians in Armenia and Arstakh can count on the FULL SUPPORT of the Armenia Diaspora across the world if push comes to shove against those that would attempt to do our country harm. The world can count on the fact that every single Armenian on this planet has their eye on the Azeri pipelines should our nation come under attack and we will mobilize against the enemies of our people with swift and blinding vengeance.

    Armenians worldwide are ready to make Baku’s gas and oil pipelines will look the way Baghdad’s did in the 1990s, destroyed and on fire, if any attempts are made to oppress the Christian Armenian population of Armenia or Arstakh. . . .no Armenian will ever be oppressed again.

    • Vrej said:

      Zilly,

      Its a historic fact that many will with all of their might and with the last drop of blood..
      Go to Yeraplur your answer is their.

      Getze hyastan and all of our brave soldiers.

      • Mesrop said:

        iam already getting ready to go because i sense war
        i live in america and i train everyday for war
        my father was in the 1988war
        and he told me lots of storys about it thats why i will know what iam doing in a war

  5. Sirvart said:

    Yes Yes Yes! Enough already. The enemy cannot scare us neither the oil hungry the west who are constantly kissing the feet of the enemy Azeris. Whereas the enemy doesn’t have the guts, the love of the soil, because the soil never belonged to them the Azeris; but for thousands of years Artsakh has been and it is our soil. Therefore, our people and our soldiers will fight to the end and with ultimate drive and bravery once more to defend their soil and their Motherland!!!!!!

  6. Arn.Sweden. said:

    YES-YES-YES-!!!.

    If Attacked, Armenia and Karabakh Will Deliver Final, Deadly Blow, Warns Sarkisian

    DONT DO THE SAME MISTAKES AS THE ISRAELIS AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES,
    NOT FINISHING THEM OF,
    AND HAS TO GO TO WAR AGINST THEM AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

    GOD BLESS THE ARMENIANS – MY BROTHERLY PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH !!!.

    Arn.

  7. VTiger said:

    Finally a proper response from our honourable president.Over the last few months we lost several of our very valuable sons without giving a proper blow to corrupt pasha aliyev.The azeri pipelines run mere 30-50 kms from the Artsakh eastern borders.Our forces need to hit one of these pipelines to show them & to the west what next will come.95% of the enemy’s economy relies on oil & with its income they are spending $3 billion on armaments this year.
    VAY YEGERE AYN ORVAN VOR UP ME HOGH GORSENTSENENK MER SOURP ARTSAKHEN!

    • ed said:

      Artsakh should not voice any threat against any pipeline, which could be used by Turkish-Azerbaijani propaganda machinery against Artsakh… Artsakh should try to make its borders more secure and every single Artsakhi (women or men) should get military education..… If fascist Azerbaijani authority’s dear to attack Artsakh than a lot of things could happen each war has its own rules!

      Unfortunately, after come back of Levon Ter-Petrosyan and bloody events of March 1 2008, Azerbaijani Republic becomes day to day more aggressive and his rulers more rude! Today, corruption, abuse of power and authority (starts by cutting tress by X prosecutor to enlarge his business) as well an aggressive ugly opposition (Levon´s ÁNC) as well lack of political culture in the country are the best allay of criminal Azerbaijani authorities within Hayastan . The ruling elite hast its own share, which is making the job of failed politicians like Levon Ter-Petrosyan even easier…!

  8. Abbe said:

    and WHAT on earth does THIS mean mister presiden “We state publicly, yes, we are ready to make some concessions..”
    Please somone explane.

  9. azade said:

    VTiger: dont be fool. hitting the pipelines is the last thing Armenia would want to do, because the pipelines feed other nations, and if hit, those countries will take armenia as an enemy. do you want more enemies around you? think smarter.

    • Norin Radd said:

      Precisely, that is why those countries that have a stake in keeping the pipelines safe will do all they can to prevent Azeri aggression which will lead to Armenian reaction. If we stand by and play the “safe” card and not risk anything, nothing will be gained and we will only watch just like idiotic Armenians in the past the stood by and waited for odars to do something for us while we were being butchered by Turkish hordes.

      This time the notion will be “you bomb us, we will bomb your precious pipeline” damaging Azeri economy and disrupting energy supply to countries that rely on said pipelines, only our resolve to do this will keep us safe, we won’t be safe by acting like good Samaritans on the world stage like we have tried in the past.

      Today Israel is safe because every nation around it knows that if push comes to shove, and the Israelis are cornered they will unload their hidden nuclear arsenal in battle, they may destroy themselves by doing this, but their enemies will be devastated as well and the desire of their enemies not too get into this scenario is what keeps the ball in Israel’s court. The pipelines of Baku are our nuclear weapons, you hit us, we hit the pipelines.

      • azade said:

        you know very well that no matter what happens Jewish people are not stupid to kill themselves along with enemies. No one will unload nuclear arsenal in the Middle East. Likewise, if Azerbaijan disregards the other countries’ advises and attacks Armenia, Armenia will not do anything to the pipelines, because they will be guarded by soldiers of third parties who benefit from pipelines. Assume Tukey and European countries deploy their military to protect the pipelines, will Armenia open fire to them to attack the pipelines?

  10. Posse said:

    Baku considers Armenian military exercises as ‘child games’

    “Their exercises remind childish sports. And there cannot be another assessment’, Chief of press service of Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry Eldar Sabiroglu said in his respond to question on Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan’s participation in exercises in Nagorno Karabakh.”

  11. Levon Lokmanian said:

    WE NEED TO DEVELOP OUR SOFISTICATED WEAPONS AND THE DIASPORA SHOOULD HELP FINANCIALY AND WITH SCIENTISTS.

  12. John said:

    hey guys don’t be influenced what the president says he’s not the 1 in the battle field.

  13. Z said:

    I wander of WHAT compromise is he talking about???
    There can be NO territorial compromise! Quite in contrary!!

  14. arziv said:

    There is a saying that a barking dog seldom bites. The dog alyev has been barking for a long, long time.

    Sarkissian’s speech is a posturing of bravura. On the one hand he speaks about ” concessions” ; what concessions ?. On the other hand he delivers a menacing message. It would be more appropriate not to speak about ” concessions” . Armenia is in no position to make concessions of any nature. Azerbaijan is not interested in concessions either; their geopolitical ambitions is to overun Karabakh, and Zankesour; thus asfixiating the remaining of Armenia. . Alyev has only been blustering all this while; we must not fall into a trap of ” reciprocating” belligerent rethoric. It is a fruitless exercise We must deliver the deathly blow , without any warning , when the occasion calls for it. We must arm ourselves to the teeth. Any potential power having military designs over Armenia must be made to understand that the price to be paid is prohibitive. The Armenia diaspora has no other option but to support the motherland with every possible means. Without Armenia , there can be no diaspora to speak of; therefore it is a matter of life and death as much as for Armenia and Karabakh as it is for the diaspora any confrontation with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is a marxist / trotskyte militant power ; marxists are specialist in creating mayhem and conspiring conflicts . Their aim is conquest and expansion.

    • Arn.Sweden. said:

      we must not fall into a trap of ” reciprocating” belligerent rethoric. It is a fruitless exercise
      We must deliver the deathly blow , without any warning , when the occasion calls for it.

      YES -YES -YES- !!!.

      YOUR OTHER STATEMENTS IN THE TALKBACK ARE ALSO EXELENT.

      Arn.Sweden.

  15. Abbe said:

    Well that’s want I hope he didn’t mean.
    And it is probbebly the “occupied terretories” “around” Artsakh that he is thinking about

  16. ed said:

    I hope “concessions” would mean nothing but merely a “face keeping” act for rulers in Baku and Ankara!

  17. Yalcin Kocmar said:

    Dear Armenian Friends,
    As I understand from your comments, you are the guys with a deep hatred of Turks. The words you use show a deep hostality against Turks. Please do not forget that we are neighbours and neighbours always need each other. Let us talk about PEACE, FRIENDSHIP and BROTHERHOOD

    • Arn. said:

      “”” TRUE PEACE,FRIENDSHIP AND BROTHERHOOD “””,

      CAN ONLY BE FOUNDED ON RIGHTOUSNESS AND JUSTICE.

      TURKEY,
      (AND THE TURKS),
      HAS HAD MORE THAN 70 YEARS TIME TO RESTORE THE ABOVE,
      BUT HAS ONLY SHOWN ITS HISTORICAL PERSONALITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS SO FAR.

      I AM AFRAID THAT – NO – I KNOW THAT –

      ONLY TURKS INDIVIDUALLY – WILL COME TO THIS – TURKEY ITSELF – IS LOST IN HER SINS. FOREVER,
      TURKEY AS A NATION WILL NEVER REPENT.

      Arn of Sweden.

      • Yalcin Kocmar said:

        Dear Arn,
        Please, try to change your negative attitude against Turks and Turkish Nation. After all we are neighbours and will stay neighbours forever. And We’ll always need eachother.
        Except the religion we almost share the same culture and traditions. I’m not saying that you should forget what tragic things happened in the past. Don’t forget, but let’s build a future together with peace and friendship.
        Yalcin

  18. george mahroukian said:

    about time yalcin kocmar positive attitude when the time comes you the truth armenians dont hate the turks only ankara ,s

  19. Panos said:

    Fantastic speech! We must secure the Eastern Motherland and gain enough military power to finally regain our lost Western Motherland from the MF Turks!!!!!!!!! Western Armenia belongs to the Armenian People under President Wilson’s Arbitral Award!!!!!!!!

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