Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Iran hold phone conversation
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept. 28
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov held a phone conversation with his Iranian colleague Mohammad Javad Zarif, the press service office of the Iranian Foreign Ministry told Trend.
Zarif expressed concern about tensions on the frontline and noted the importance of ensuring peace in the region.
He stressed the importance of taking the necessary steps to reduce tensions and noted that Iran is always ready to help in this.
Bayramov informed the Iranian foreign minister about the new act of aggression by the Armenian armed forces against the Azerbaijani positions on September 27, the shelling of the Azerbaijani civilians, and noted that the Azerbaijani army is taking appropriate retaliatory measures in accordance with the right for self-defense, as well as for the aim to ensure the civilians’ safety.
It was emphasized that all responsibility for the developments in the region falls on the political-military leadership of Armenia.
The Armenian armed forces committed a large-scale provocation, subjecting the positions of the Azerbaijani army to intensive shelling from large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery installations of various calibers in the front-line zone on Sept. 27 at 06:00 (GMT+4).
The command of the Azerbaijani Army decided to launch a counter-offensive operation of Azerbaijani troops along the entire front to suppress the combat activity of the Armenian armed forces and ensure the safety of the civilian population.
Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov said Sept. 27, 2020, that Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari Abdulrahmanli villages of Fizuli district, Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages of Jabrayil district were liberated.
Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of the Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control by the Azerbaijani army.
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, 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 the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts..