Baku, Azerbaijan, May 13
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The European Court of Human Rights has adopted a decision to review two grievances on the crimes committed by Armenian armed forces on the frontline in April, said Chingiz Asgarov, chief of section of the department on work with law enforcement bodies at Azerbaijan's Presidential Administration.
He made the remarks May 13 in Baku during the hearings in the Azerbaijani parliament on the "Recent developments along the line of contact: Problems of the international humanitarian law."
Asgarov noted that the citizens have filed grievances over the crimes committed by Armenian armed forces.
"Applications to the European Court of Human Rights should be submitted by lawyers," he said. "If the communication process with regard to these grievances starts soon, the Azerbaijani side will take relevant steps."
Based on the information received from lawyers, Asgarov said that grievances over the houses destroyed by Armenian armed forces will also be submitted to the European Court of Human Rights soon.
"People should appeal to the European Court over the damages, the destroyed houses, since their rights defined by the European Convention have been violated," he 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. The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. 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, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.
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.