Journalists Stage Protest Action Before UN Baku Office (video)
Azerbaijan, Baku, 2 March / Trend corr. I. Alizade / On 2 April, the journalists staged a protest action before the Baku office of United Nations in connection with the 15th anniversary of forceful capture of Kalbajar region by the Armenian Armed Forces.
On 2 April 1993, Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan was captured by Armenians. The territory of the region makes up 1,936 cu. km, the population - 70,000. At present, the displaced residents of region live in 59 regions of Azerbaijan.
After the forceful capture of Kalbajar region, the UN Security Council passed the Resolution # 822 in its 3205th meeting. The Resolution demands the immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Kalbajar and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The Resolution has not been implemented yet. Later, the UN Security Council passed the Resolution # 874 for the liberation of Fizuli region and Resolution # 884 for the liberation of other occupied regions. None of these resolutions have been implemented so far.
On 14 March, the Resolution on Situation of Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan, which envisages immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian Forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, was accepted during the meeting of UN General Assembly.
Despite that the protest action of the journalists was not sanctioned, police did not interfere the demonstration. Participants of demonstration submitted a letter to Fargan Abbaszade, UN Baku office representative. Abbaszade said that the letter would be submitted to UN central office in New-York. The representatives of Azerbaijani community in New York submitted six similar letters since the Resolution has been accepted.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven neighboring districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
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