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Abiyev: Azerbaijan seeks balance of military power in region

29 October 2005 [13:57] - TODAY.AZ
"The increase of the defence expenditures by Azerbaijan is tied in the first line to the Armenian continuation of arms race," said the Defence Minister of Azerbaijan Safar Abiyev.

According to the chief of Defence Department, the official Baku seeks to keep the military parity in the region. "Baku only seeks to balance the military potential in the region," Abiyev noted, stressing that the armed forces of Azerbaijan must be ready to liberate the occupied lands at any necessary moment.

"The occupied lands certainly must be liberated. If the peace talks end with no results, our Army must liberate the homelands by all its means," the Minister underlined.

Speaking on the cases of the cease-fire regime violation Abiyev noted, no one has the right to blame Baku for anything. "Azerbaijan is in the state of war with Armenia. Our troops unlike the Armenian ones are stationed on their own areas. Everybody must understand it," Abiyev stated.

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