Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan's Think Public Union for Youth Development has appealed to influential international organizations in connection with the provocations by Armenians on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian armies over the last several days.
The organization said in its appeal that over the last several days, the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia, which continue to illegally occupy Azerbaijani territories, have repeatedly violated the cease-fire regime by attacking positions of the armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan in several directions along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border and the line of contact.
"On several occasions, reconnaissance and sabotage groups of the Armenian military attempted to break through the line of contact. These provocative steps by the Armenian side caused a significant escalation of tensions along the frontline and resulted in numerous fatalities. Armenian government, which initiated and ordered these provocative actions, bears full responsibility for the evolving dangerous situation."
The organization highlighted in its appeal that Armenia has taken a non-constructive approach to the negotiations, strives to maintain the status-quo and attempts to evade the Madrid Peace Plan.
"Furthermore, Armenia's refusal to implement the relevant UN Security Council resolutions on unconditional withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from occupied Azerbaijani territories, the policy of ruthless ethnic cleansing and the expulsion of over a million people from their native homes, as well as its latest provocative steps, which undermine the peace process, provide strong reasons for Armenia to be subjected to substantial sanctions by the international community," the organization said.
As a civil society organization, Think Public Union for Youth Development is very concerned by the above-mentioned situation and calls upon international organizations to immediately react to the vandal actions of Armenia and take necessary measures and sanctions against Armenia to prevent it from committing such actions in the future and make it implement the relevant resolutions of the international organizations.
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.
Edited by CN