Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 5
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The serious sanctions should have been imposed on Armenia as an aggressor-country, Azerbaijani MP Fazail Agamali told Trend on Aug. 4. But provocations committed by Armenians on the frontline recently show that the double standards of the international community have not changed.
"The OSCE Minsk Group and co-chairmen continue to urge the parties to peace and to observe the ceasefire regime," he said. "No accusations against Armenia as an aggressor-country are made."
"Again, double standards - the aggressor Armenia, and Azerbaijan the subject of aggression, are equalized," he said. "Of course, this is regrettable. Russia is subjected to serious penalties in connection with Ukraine's events. Armenia has held Azerbaijani land under occupation for more than 20 years. The UN Security Council passed four resolutions on unconditional withdrawal from the occupied territories. Why are not sanctions imposed on Armenia? This means that there are double standards in the world. The recent events show that no changes occurred in this sphere."
The MP stressed that, despite all this, Armenia received a heavy blow from Azerbaijan in response to its provocation and was reminded of the country's military strength.
"That's why, Armenia appealed to the OSCE Minsk Group, certain organizations and even the U.S president," he said. "It tried to suspend Azerbaijan's response to its provocations and realized that it was in a hopeless situation. On the one hand, Armenia voices the requests for Azerbaijan to stop fighting, but on the other hand, it continues making provocations. This shows a dual policy."
"The Azerbaijani army has demonstrated its strength and invincibility for the past few days," he added. "This has become a serious lesson for Armenia. If Armenia continues acting in the same manner, it will get even heavier blows from Azerbaijan. There is no doubt. A rigid military and diplomatic position, demonstrated by Azerbaijan must continue until the end. Armenia must face the need to withdraw from the occupied territories."
Armenian armed forces launched a diversion on the night of July 31-August 1, when reconnaissance and sabotage groups tried to cross the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops through the territories of Aghdam and Terter regions.
Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage group attacked the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan's Aghdam and Agdere regions on the night of August 1-2. Azerbaijan managed to locate the group and the sabotage attempt was prevented.
During the last four days, Azerbaijani positions have been constantly under attack, and 13 servicemen have been killed, several more were wounded. The Armenian side suffered more losses while trying to hide this fact from the public.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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.