New phase of Azerbaijani internally displaced people's case began in European Court
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 1 /Trend K. Zarbaliyeva/
New phase of Chiragov's case against Armenia and Sargsyan's case against Azerbaijan began in European Court, authorized representative of the Government of Azerbaijan in the European Court of Human Rights Chingiz Askerov told Trend on Wednesday.
European Court sent Azerbaijan the issues on both cases, he said.
"European Court once again wants Azerbaijan to specify its position and to present new evidences. Then European Court proceed to the consideration of cases," - said Askerov.
According to him, directed issues are specific enough and they will be given a reasonable response.
The issues addressed on the Chiragov's case against Armenia linked to the overall control in this area, financial aid and military control of Armenia. European Court asks specific evidences. And on the Sargsyan's case against Azerbaijan is necessary to clarify who controls the village of Gulustan. With regard to the position of Azerbaijan, it is neither under the control of Azerbaijan, nor under the control of Armenia because the village of Gulustan is on the frontline", - said the chief of department.
If the process continues at the same rate, at the end of this year or early next year, European Court to make decisions on Chiragov's case against Armenia and Sargsyan's case against Azerbaijan, said Askerov.
Some 6 displaced persons from Lachin, applicants Elkhan Chiragov, Adishirin Chiragov, Ramiz Gebrayilov, Akif Hasanov, Fekhreddin Pashayev and Sagatel Gabrayilov demand that Armenia repairs material and moral damage to them. The case concerns the applicants' complaint that they were forced to flee from their homes in 1992 during the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
The applicants complain in particular about the loss of their properties in Lachin.
Due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the applicants were forced to flee on 17 May 1992. They have not been able to return to their homes and properties since.
They also complain that there is no prospect for them in the foreseeable future to be able to use their property as the Armenian Government continues to refuse to allow them to return to Lachin. Nor have the Armenian authorities made any attempt to compensate them for their losses.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.