Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of spreading false information (UPDATE)

Details added (first version posted on 17:42)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 12

Trend:

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of falsification of photos and footages showing the death of the Armenian soldiers, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev told Trend Apr. 12.

He made the remarks commenting on the reports spread by the Armenian media outlets that Azerbaijan allegedly violated the Geneva Conventions.

He said Yerevan had finally remembered about the Geneva Conventions and other international humanitarian acts, under which Armenia bears responsibility.

Hajiyev added that Armenia is spreading false information.

"The military aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan in the occupied territories, the policy of ethnic cleansing against innocent Azerbaijani citizens, the Khojaly genocide, the Azerbaijani captives and hostages subjected to tortures, and many other such crimes were documented based on facts and evidences of witnesses, and were submitted to international organizations," said Hajiyev.

"Committing these acts, Armenia has grossly violated the Geneva Convention and the commitments undertaken in line with other international conventions and documents," he added.

Hajiyev also said the Azerbaijani population is still being killed and injured along the line of contact and on the border of Azerbaijan and Armenia.

"The fact that international community doesn't voice an adequate opinion over Armenia's criminal acts, for which that country bears responsibility, its impunity, urge the criminals on new crimes," said Hajiyev.

"Since April 2, having intensified military activity along the line of contact, Armenia committed war crimes against civilians and acts equivalent to crimes against humanity," Hajiyev said. "Six civilians were killed, including two children aged under 16, and 26 people were injured as a result of shelling of 32 settlements by Armenia. Numerous public and private facilities were severely damaged as a result of the offensive, 232 houses, 99 power transmission line poles, three substations, schools, mosques and other facilities were destroyed."

"In order to shirk responsibilities, Armenia forges photos and footages of killings of its soldiers and spreads false information," he added.

"International community and international organizations will be informed about all the crimes of Armenia, including the acts starting from April 2, and the necessary legal measures will be taken," according to Hajiyev.

On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.

Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.

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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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