Ar­me­nian cit­i­zens’ mil­i­tary ser­vice in oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azerbaijan is vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Mil­i­tary ser­vice by the cit­i­zens of Armenia in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azerbaijan is a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law, Spokesman for the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry Hik­mat Ha­jiyev said on May 27.

He was com­ment­ing on the in­for­ma­tion about the mil­i­tary ser­vice of the Ar­me­nian prime min­is­ter’s son in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azerbaijan.

Ha­jiyev noted that the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry con­sid­ers the send­ing of the son of the Ar­me­nian prime min­is­ter, whose eu­phoric pe­riod is al­ready run­ning out, to mil­i­tary ser­vice in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azerbaijan as pop­ulism.

“Mil­i­tary ser­vice of the cit­i­zens of Armenia, which is an­other state, in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azerbaijan is a gross vi­o­la­tion of the norms and prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law and even the laws of Armenia,” the spokesman told Trend.

He added that by tak­ing this step, Armenia’s lead­er­ship once again con­firmed that the in­ter­na­tional legal re­spon­si­bil­ity for the oc­cu­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries lies with Armenia.

“Thus, Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries con­tinue to re­main un­der the oc­cu­pa­tion of the Ar­me­nian armed forces as a re­sult of Armenia’s mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion against Azerbaijan,” Ha­jiyev noted.

The spokesman added that Ar­me­nian cit­i­zens, es­pe­cially young peo­ple, are forced to spend the formative pe­riod of their lives in the trenches in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azerbaijan and serve the oc­cu­pa­tion mis­sion, in­stead of en­gag­ing in cre­ative ac­tiv­ity.

“It would be use­ful for the Ar­me­nian lead­er­ship to se­ri­ously think about the so­cio-economic prob­lems that the coun­try has faced, about the res­o­lu­tion of the Armenia-Azerbaijan con­flict, to es­tab­lish peace­ful and friendly re­la­tions with the coun­tries of the re­gion, rather than to make such pop­ulist steps”, Ha­jiyev added.

Armenia broke out a lengthy war against Azerbaijan by lay­ing ter­ri­to­rial claims on the coun­try. Since a war in the early 1990s, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azerbaijan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were displaced as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties.

To this day, Armenia has not im­ple­mented four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno Karabakh and sur­round­ing re­gions.

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