Russian State Duma expresses readiness to promote peaceful settlement in Karabakh
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept.29
On September 28, the Russian State Duma adopted a statement on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, in which it calls on both sides to cease fire and expresses readiness to provide mediation assistance for a peaceful settlement, Trend reports citing TASS.
The Russian MPs express serious concern particularly over the sharp aggravation of the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which led to numerous human casualties, and strongly condemns the use of force by the sides.
“The State Duma declares the need for an immediate ceasefire, the prevention of an escalation of confrontation in the region, and that there is no alternative to a peaceful settlement of the situation. The MPs of the State Duma urge the sides to return to the negotiation process as soon as possible and are ready to provide mediation assistance to stabilize the situation,” the statement said.
The Armenian armed forces committed a large-scale provocation, subjecting the positions of the Azerbaijani army to intensive shelling from large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibers in the front-line zone on Sept. 27 at 06:00 (GMT+4).
The command of the Azerbaijani Army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation of Azerbaijani troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population.
Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari Abdulrahmanli villages of Fizuli district, Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages of Jabrayil district were liberated.
Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of the Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.
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, 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 the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.