Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
Azerbaijan informed the United Nations about the recent escalation of the situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, according to a statement from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.
"The republic of Azerbaijan strongly condemns the provocative actions of the Armenian side, which can in no way contribute to the establishment of confidence between the parties and the resolution of the long-lasting conflict," the permanent mission said.
The mission said Azerbaijan's stance with regard to the solution to the conflict is crystal-clear.
"This is based on the resolutions of U.N. Security Council and General Assembly and norms and principles of international law. The armed forces of Armenia should be withdrawn from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan at the first point in order to achieve the solution of the conflict. That is the shortest and most effective way for the establishment of peace and stability in the region," according to the statement.
The mission also said that the primary and foremost responsibility for the recent escalation of the situation at the frontline falls directly on Armenia, the country which continues the occupation of the territories of Azerbaijan and pursues the policy of aggression against Azerbaijan.
"The continuation of occupation of the territories of Azerbaijan by the armed forces of Armenia in contradiction with the relevant resolutions of U.N. Security Council and General Assembly, U.N. Charter, norms and principles of international law, being the main source of tension, constitutes the major obstacle for the peaceful solution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the establishment of peace in the region," the mission said.
The situation on the frontline has remained tense in recent days. Earlier the head of the press service of Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, Lieutenant-Colonel Vagif Dergahli told Trend that, most ceasefire violations are observed in the directions of Fizuli, Agdam, Terter, Goranboy, Khojavend and Jabrayil districts.
Dergahli emphasized that the number of truce violations and intensity of shootings have increased in recent days.
Thus, the ceasefire was broken 1380 times from January 21 to January 29.
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Jan. 30 that the ceasefire was violated from different positions 74 times per day. In all cases, the shooting was countered by return fire.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.