Azerbaijan , Baku, April 1 / Trend S.Agayeva /
Azerbaijan has not and will not use force against civilian targets, in contrast to Armenia, which became famous for terror and war against civilians, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov told Trend.
Regarding the issue of possible consequences of the illegal flights to Azerbaijan's occupied territories, which Armenia keeps discussing, Polukhov expressed surprise at a tizzy that the Armenian side has raised around this issue.
"It seems that not Armenia, but Azerbaijan is known for its actions against the purely civil objects that lead to the murder of hundreds and thousands of innocent people," he said. "Do we need to list dozens of terrorist acts committed in the civil transport systems - buses, subways, railways, a downed helicopter in the sky over the occupied territories, the Iranian plane with civilians on board, as well as deliberate actions that led to the collapse of an aircraft with 78 Azerbaijani volunteers on board on their way to help the victims of the Spitak earthquake on Dec.11, 1988."
"This is the work of Armenia that relies on its fighters' experience gained during the terrorist activities against the airports, aircraft, civilian targets in Europe and around the world throughout the 20th century, but not Azerbaijan," Polukhov sad.
The Armenian side plans to open the airport in the occupied Khankendi region in May.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the 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.