Armenian troops’ presence on Azerbaijani lands causes tension – Foreign Ministry (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 28
The presence of Armenian armed forces on Azerbaijan's occupied lands is the main threat to peace and security in the region and main reason for the tension and ceasefire violation, Hikmet Hajiyev, spokesperson for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend March 28.
"Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk, personal representative of the country chairing the OSCE (Germany) and Minsk Group co-chairs made statements on March 18 and March 21 calling to adhere to the ceasefire during Novruz and Easter holidays," said Hajiyev.
He added that in accordance with the spirit of the holidays, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry immediately responded positively to Kasprzyk's call.
However, Armenia's Defense Ministry expressed a provocative attitude contradicting with this call, while the representatives of this country's Foreign Ministry made contradictory statements distorting the essence of the negotiation process, said the spokesperson.
"Moreover, Armenia continued the activities aimed at aggravating the situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian armies and the Armenian-Azerbaijani border by intensively violating the ceasefire with heavy weapons," Hajiyev added.
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