ISESCO: Latest clashes on contact line initiated by Armenia
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 27
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
Armenia has never accepted to implement the four UN Security Council resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the clashes that took place on the contact line a few weeks ago were initiated by Armenia, said Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, director general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
Altwaijri was speaking on the issue to reporters in Baku Apr. 27.
ISESCO issued a declaration denouncing Armenian aggression and calling international community to stop this aggression and force Armenia to implement the UN Security Council's resolutions demanding the withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijan's occupied lands, he added.
"I think international community is not doing enough to make this happen," added Altwaijri. "We have to continue our work on clarifying the situation and tell the world the truth about it."
"The reality is that Armenia is occupying more than 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories to the detriment of international law," Altwaijri added.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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