Azerbaijani army is People's Army
This solidarity and power are against the occupying Armenia and aimed at ensuring the territorial integrity of our country
Modern Azerbaijan is a leader in the South Caucasus in terms of development. Independent domestic and foreign policy pursued with great foresight, adherence to the principles of social justice, a balanced approach have not only improved the relations between the people and the government in the country, but also strengthened our position in the international arena. Being a worthy member of the international community, Azerbaijan has become a reliable partner, a country that plays an important role in Europe's energy security and development of the region.
Amidst all this, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces have also undergone a great development and are among the 50 strongest armies in the world. This is due, on the one hand, to the funds allocated to the Armed Forces, the attention and care of the country's leader to the military, and, on the other hand, to the high level of patriotism in Azerbaijani society and the constant readiness of our citizens to liberate our occupied territories. That is, there is a people-government-army solidarity in Azerbaijan, and this solidarity, this power is against the occupying Armenia, aimed at ensuring the territorial integrity of our country. This solidarity was once again demonstrated on July 12 in the part of the state border passing through the Tovuz district after another provocation by the occupying Armenia.
Attending the opening of Balakan regional "ASAN xidmət” center on July 29, President Ilham Aliyev drew attention to this point. "Of course, I am very delighted today that our young people are competent, educated and patriotic. When preventing an Armenian armed provocation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border recently, Azerbaijani soldiers and officers – the vast majority of them are young people – demonstrated true professionalism and courage and put the enemy in its place,” the head of state noted.
"Less than a week after I expressed my opinion on this issue at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held in the middle of this month, more than 50,000 representatives of Azerbaijani youth applied to the State Service for Mobilization and Conscription and registered there as volunteers willing defend the homeland. More than 50,000 people in one week.
I have said that the Azerbaijani army is fully staffed and there is no need for additional manpower today. But if necessary, the more than 50,000 people registered within one week are ready to fight for their homeland, for the land,” said the President.
The head of state said that in many countries of the world, against the backdrop of the evasion of young people from the army and alternative military service, as well as the recruitment of mercenaries in other countries, including Armenia, the patriotism of Azerbaijani youth in general, voluntary enlistment is very positive. He noted that this is an indicator of the radical reforms carried out in our Armed Forces, the people's trust in the army and the unity of the people and the army. "Azerbaijani army is the People's Army!” President Ilham Aliyev said.
In his statement to Kaspi, Arzu Nagiyev, a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Defense, Security and Combating Corruption, drew attention to the fact that 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory was occupied by the Armenian armed forces, and more than 1 million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons. According to the MP, due to the unconstructive steps of Armenia, the peace talks held for almost 30 years do not yield results, and moreover, the occupying power is resorting to military provocations, which may lead to a military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He said that the military liberation of the occupied territories is a sovereign right of Azerbaijan. "The Armenian provocation in the border area of Tovuz district once again demonstrated to the world the solidarity of the Azerbaijani people in the Karabakh issue. The Azerbaijani Armed Forces heroically prevented the pre-planned provocation of Armenia. Thus, the security of the state border and civilians was ensured. Mr. President, who trusts his people and expresses their will at the highest level, has repeatedly stated that Azerbaijan will never back down from its principled position in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and will not allow the establishment of a second Armenian state in our historical lands. Today, the Azerbaijani Army strengthens its power through military exercises, increases its combat capability, and at the same time sends the necessary message to Armenia and its supporters,” noted the MP.
Chairman of the Nakhchivan Branch of ANAS, academician Ismayil Hajiyev also spoke about the improvement of our Armed Forces, people-government-army solidarity and said that the mighty Azerbaijani Army, equipped with modern equipment with the attention and care of President Ilham Aliyev, is able to liberate our lands at any time. According to him, the April battles, the Gunnut victory, and finally the punitive measures taken by our Army against the Armenian armed forces in the direction of Tovuz prove it once again. "Today, our people demonstrate national unity and solidarity by being with our state, our President, both in the fight against the pandemic and in the ugly events committed by the enemy on the front,” he said. "In connection with the events, our people, who support our army, appeal to go to war for the freedom of our lands. The April battles, which Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev called the chronicle of the victory of our Armed Forces, the liberation of 11,000 hectares of our territory by the Nakhchivan Special Forces showed that the Azerbaijani Armed Forces are able to restore our territorial integrity at any time. Today, in the Azerbaijani Army, which is one of the strongest armies, we have strong-willed, determined, courageous and heroic sons of the motherland who are an example to the younger generation. The Azerbaijani people stand behind our sons who guard the homeland and the nation."