European Court declares Azerbaijani IDPs application admissible
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 10 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
In its decision in the case of "Chiragov and Others v. Armenia" the European Court of Human Rights, sitting as a Grand Chamber, has by a majority declared the application admissible.
The Court will deliver its judgment at a later date, the official website of the European Court of Human Rights said.
The applicants Elkhan Chiragov, Adishirin Chiragov, Ramiz Gebrayilov, Akif Hasanov, Fekhreddin Pashayev and Sagatel Gabrayilov are all Azerbaijani nationals.
The case concerns the applicants' complaint that they were forced to flee from their homes in 1992 during the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
The applicants complain in particular about the loss of their properties in Lachin.
Due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the applicants were forced to flee on 17 May 1992. They have not been able to return to their homes and properties since.
They also complain that there is no prospect for them in the foreseeable future to be able to use their property as the Armenian Government continues to refuse to allow them to return to Lachin. Nor have the Armenian authorities made any attempt to compensate them for their losses.
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.