YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Responding to the recent hostile statemen’s made by Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry–ARF Armenia Supreme Body member and Editor in Chief of "Yerkir" newspaper Spartak Seiranian said the appeal "to declare war on Armenia and liberate Karabagh" was made to incite the public.
On August 5–Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported that the chief spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry–Colonel Ramiz Melikov–publicly stated that "within the next 25 years there will exist no state of Armenia in the South Caucasus." He added: "Modern Armenia is built on historical Azerbaijani lands…I think that in 25-30 years’ time–its territory will again come under Azerbaijan’s jurisdiction." Seiranian called such statemen’s "absurd," adding it is meant for the uneducated people.
According to Seiranian–if Azeris believe they have such military force that can fight and win–one should not forget that the Armenian fighters are also ready to die for their homeland. "The Azeri warrior isn’t ready to die for Karabagh–as he knows very well that Karabagh isn’t his land; on the contrary–the Armenian fighter knows that he defends his homeland–and that’s why he will go to all lengths," he said. Seiranian–recalling the victory of Armenian troops in the Karabagh war–stated confidently that if the situation recurs in the future–the outcome would not be any different.