Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 25
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
The recent monitoring on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian armies has passed without incidents.
The monitoring was held under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative on the contact line near Mezem village in Azerbaijan's Gazakh district Aug. 25.
After monitoring the OSCE representatives met with the villagers of the Gazakh district of Azerbaijan, located near the frontline. OSCE representatives had to listen to the complaints of local residents of the Gazakh district, who claim they live under the rule of bullets, as the Armenian side violates the ceasefire agreement on a regular basis.
The residents also complained about the fact that the activity of the international mediators to settle the conflict doesn't bring results.
"The monitoring held each time gives no results," they said. "The patience of the people is already at the limit. For over 20 years our lands have been under the occupation of the enemy. A number of international organizations demonstrates double standards against Azerbaijan."
"Armenia's aggressive policy must be brought to an end, the violated rights of more than one million internally displaced persons should be restored," said the residents. "The world community, international organizations by taking a fair position must show the occupant its place."
Then the OSCE representatives visited the house of the Mezem village resident Sarif Rahimov, where they saw the traces of shots on the gates, proving the claims of the residents.
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, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.