Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
The special representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office for the South Caucasus Gunther Bachler and the military attaches accredited in Azerbaijan were informed that the Armenian military fired a white phosphorus shell on the Eskipara village of Azerbaijan's Terter district, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend May 11.
He said the shell was fired exactly on the Eskipara village from the Armenian positions.
"Fortunately, the shell fell on a wheat field," said Hajiyev. "The fact that Armenians opened fire using a shell containing the white phosphorus shows that they wanted to maximize the number of casualties among the civilians, and thereby cause panic."
Specialists of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) provided the military attaches and diplomats with detailed information about the issue, he added.
"It is not ruled out that there are other shells with similar content on the territory [of Azerbaijan]," he said. "They are also investigated by ANAMA. The operation on neutralizing this shell will be carried out with participation of the attaches, diplomats and ANAMA."
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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