Azerbaijan urges UN Security Council to end impunity of Armenia (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.13
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijan has urged the UN Security Council to take decisive measures to put an end to the continuing occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and impunity of this country.
The remarks were made in the letter of Azerbaijan's permanent representative to the UN to this organization's secretary general, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said Oct.13.
Azerbaijan's Permanent Mission has sent a letter to the UN secretary general over the incident that occurred Sept.1, 2015 when Armenian armed forces fired from Azerbaijan's occupied territories at civilians taking part in a wedding ceremony in Terter district's Gapanli village. Three civilians, including a small child were injured as a result of this incident.
The letter was made public as an official document of the General Assembly and Security Council of the UN.
Armenian military's firing at civilians taking part in a wedding ceremony is assessed in the letter as a gross violation of the international humanitarian law and a military crime by Armenia.
It is not the first time the Armenian side fires at civilians as a result of which they loss their lives and shows inhumane attitude towards prisoners of war and hostages, said the document.
"Such crimes are not accidental and create the basis of Armenia's policy of racial and ethnic discrimination, hatred and occupation of territories," said the letter.
Regular violation of the ceasefire, armed attacks on civilians, show that Armenia is not interested in resolving the conflict through peaceful means, according to the document.
Armenia's true purpose is to continue the occupation of Azerbaijani lands and maintain the status quo by all means, said the letter.
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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by SI
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