Territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored - Chinese scholar

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 16 October 2020 13:10 (UTC +04:00)
Territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored - Chinese scholar

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct.16

By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:

The territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored. Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Doctor of Law Wang Jingqing said, Trend reports.

Jin noted that he believes in a fair settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Wang Jingqing said he closely follows the developments in the region. He said he has repeatedly visited Azerbaijan, and even lived there once.

"I really hope that the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan will be restored, and the problem will be solved fairly, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. I wish peace and happiness to the Azerbaijani people!"

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.

The fighting continued into October 2020, in the early days of which Armenia has launched missile attacks on Azerbaijani cities of Ganja, Mingachevir, Khizi as well as Absheron district.

Following almost two weeks of intensive military confrontations, Armenia and Azerbaijan, with Russia's mediation, have agreed on a temporary ceasefire for humanitarian purposes, for exchange of prisoners of war as well as bodies of the dead.

After declaration of the ceasefire, on October 11, 2020, at about 2:00 (GMT+4) Armenian Armed Forces fired missiles at multi-apartment residential buildings in the central part of Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, located outside the frontline zone. As a result, 10 civilians were killed, 35 injured, as well as more than 10 multi-storey buildings and over 100 different objects were damaged.

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.