Azerbaijan International

Spring 2000 (8.1)
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Peace, not Military Intervention

"Azerbaijan does not plan to use the difficult situation in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh to achieve its own military objectives. This, despite the fact that in 1991-1993 Armenia took advantage of the internal tensions within Azerbaijan to occupy our lands. We support peace. We don't consider a military solution acceptable."

Heydar Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, commenting about the latest in a series of terrorist acts by Armenians against their own leadership, when on March 22nd an assassination attempt was made against the top leader of the Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh. This region within Azerbaijan has been occupied by Armenian military forces since 1992 and has resulted in the displacement of nearly 1 million Azerbaijanis.

Six months ago on October 27, 1999, Armenian terrorists also attacked the Parliament in Yerevan, Armenia and killed seven of their own government leaders, including the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament. Investigation into these Parliament murders seems to be pointing to high- level Armenian government political connections.

From Azerbaijan International (8.1) Spring 2000.
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