Int'l organizations must adequately respond to Armenian vandalism - Azerbaijani president's assistant

Int'l organizations must adequately respond to Armenian vandalism - Azerbaijani president's assistant

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 11

By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

Having lost on the battlefield, Armenia is bombarding the civilian population of Azerbaijan, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev said, Trend reports.

He noted that international organizations should adequately respond to these barbaric actions of Armenia.

“This is an act of vandalism, barbarism committed by the Armenian side, and another crime against the Azerbaijani people. All responsibility for this lies with the leadership of Armenia. The territory of Azerbaijan is under shelling from the territory of Armenia. All this is a gross violation of international law,” said Hajiyev.

On October 11, 2020 at about 2:00 (GMT+4) Armenian armed forces fired missiles at multi-apartment residential buildings in the central part of Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan, located outside the frontline zone.

According to the latest data, 9 civilians, including 4 women, were killed as a result of missiles fired at apartment buildings in the central part of Ganja.

The Armenian Armed Forces, flagrantly violating norms and principles of international law, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocols to it, as well as the requirements of the humanitarian ceasefire declared on October 10th, continue to deliberately target the civilian population of Azerbaijan, and intensively bombard densely populated settlements.

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops liberated a number of territories previously occupied by Armenia, as well as take important, strategic heights under control.

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.

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