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