STEPANAKERT (News.am)—Azerbaijan will eventually invade and occupy Nagorno-Karabakh if the Karabakh Defense Forces are forced to withdraw from the liberated territories surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation serving as a deputy in Karabakh’s National Assembly warned on Monday.
War will break out if If Karabakh loses the territories and is forced to only maintain a narrow corridor to Armenia, Armen Sargsyan told reporters Monday. “Azerbaijan will sooner or later attack it to divide this part from Armenia,” he warned.
“We should preserve these territories, he underscored, stressing that there are serious historic and security precedents for Karabakh to remain in the territories.
The independence of Karabakh’s is also in danger, he warned, noting Turkey’s growing involvement in the process and its efforts to link the normalization of its relations with Armenia on a resolution to the Karabakh conflict favoring its ally Azerbaijan.
“The Turkish factor must not become decisive in the peace process,” he stated, adding that a new stage has begun in the peace process and new principles for peace should be presented, which are rooted in the Nagorno-Karabakh people’s right to self determination.