Karabakh ex-defence chief urges higher military preparedness

3 Dec 04


The defence ministry of Nagornyy Karabakh should be working flat out
in order to carry out a worthy counter-strike if necessary, the former
commander of the defence army of [Azerbaijan's breakaway] Nagornyy
Karabakh Republic, Lt-Gen Samvel Babayan, has told Iravunk newspaper.

The defence ministry of Nagornyy Karabakh should do its utmost to make
the enemy behave reservedly and give up its attempts to speak from the
position of force, he said. If the defence ministry of Nagornyy
Karabakh is able to ensure that, everything will move to the area of
politics. In separate cases, it is necessary to show society the real
capabilities of the defence ministry, not to wait for a war and
thousands of casualties and only then, to prove its ability to carry
out counter-strikes.

"We managed to end the war without the intervention of a third force
and should therefore manage to prevent it from resuming without a
third force," Babayan stressed.