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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
The results of the World Humanitarian Summit will contribute to the improvement of living standards of the people who suffer from humanitarian crises around the world, said Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev.
"We in Azerbaijan know very well what it means to be a refugee or an internally displaced person," said President Aliyev addressing the World Humanitarian Summit underway in Istanbul May 23.
The president reminded that for over 20 years, more than one million of Azerbaijanis have suffered from military aggression and occupation by Armenia.
"As a result of this aggression, 20 percent of our internationally recognized territory is under occupation," said the president. "More than one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons."
The president said that Armenia committed ethnic cleansing and genocide against Azerbaijanis.
"Khodjaly genocide committed by Armenia in 1992 is recognized by more than 10 countries. As a result of Khodjaly genocide, 613 civilians were brutally killed, among them 106 women, 63 children, 70 elderly. More than 1000 people are missing," said Ilham Aliyev.
He further said that Armenia continues its policy of aggresion against Azerbaijan.
"In April of 2016, Armenia launched new attack on peaceful Azerbaijani citizens. As a result of this attack, our soldiers and officers, as well as 6 civilians were killed. More than 30 civilians wounded. As a result of shelling of our citizen villages, more than 500 houses were damaged, more than 100 houses completely destroyed and burned," said the president.
President Ilham Aliyev also informed the summit participants that the Armenian army used prohibited weapons against Azerbaijani civilians, in parituclar white phosphorus bombs.
"All the war crimes committed by Armenia are documented and presented to international monitors," he said. "In order to protect our civilian population, Azerbaijani army conducted successful counter-attack, and only after that the aggressor stopped."
The president reminded that Armenia ignores four UN Security Council resolutions, demanding immediate and uncontiditional withdrawal of Armenian froops from the teritory of Azerbaijan.
"Nagorno Karabakh and 7 other districs of Azerbaijan are occupied," said the president. "In some cases the UN Security Council resolutions are implemented within days, if not hours. In our case - it has remained on paper for more than 20 years. This is the policy of double standards against Azerbaijan."
"Armenia must implement these resolutions or be sanctioned. Territorieal integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored," said Ilham Aliyev.