Armenian leadership continues provocative actions - Azerbaijani foreign ministry
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 19
Armenian leadership continues its provocative actions and rhetoric of war instead of learning a lesson from its unsuccessful and irresponsible adventure on the contact line of troops in early April and taking constructive steps to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev said Apr. 19.
Hajiyev made the remarks commenting on the statements by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan during his visit to the Azerbaijan's occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Intensification of ceasefire violation by the Armenian side along the contact line is the result of the policy pursued by Armenian regime, said Hajiyev.
He noted that by visiting the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, the Armenian leadership is interested in an escalation of tensions and there are no opinions about the region's future, normalization of Armenia's relations with neighboring countries and ensuring sustainable peace and security.
"Armenia is pushing the country's young people to ethnic hatred, war and massacre with its characteristic of military dictators' theses about artificial patriotism," Hajiyev said. "Armenian regime in this way tries to deceive the Armenian society, to divert attention from the military losses due to unsuccessful military adventure, to recover completely lost credibility and trust in society."
The statements of the military-political leadership of Armenia, personally participated in the perpetration of the Khojaly genocide and ethnic cleansing of more than one million Azerbaijanis, causes nothing but contempt, according to Hajiyev.
Azerbaijani armed forces adequately stopped the criminal actions of the Armenian leadership who targeted peaceful Azerbaijani population and tried to renew the conflict in early April, he said.
"On the background of changing status quo, the Armenian leadership, finally, must realize that the occupation of Azerbaijani territories will never give them the expected results," said Hajiyev. "In order to prevent re-escalation of tension and achieve conflict resolution and sustainable peace in the region, Armenia should withdraw all its troops from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council."
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.