Ar­me­nian troops’ shoot­ing at Azer­bai­jani civil­ians shows in­ad­mis­si­bil­ity of sta­tus quo

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

He noted that Azer­bai­jan’s For­eign Min­istry strongly con­demns this at­tack and re­gards it as an­other provo­ca­tion by Ar­me­nia.

“It is very easy to spot a com­bine har­vester, work­ing in the field, be­cause of its size and ap­pear­ance,” Ha­jiyev said. “How­ever, it is ob­vi­ous that the goal of the Ar­me­nian Armed Forces is to at­tack these civil­ian ob­jects.”

The spokesman added that Ar­me­nia de­lib­er­ately tar­gets civil­ians, in­clud­ing young chil­dren, and civil­ian fa­cil­i­ties, and this is of sys­tem­atic na­ture.

“This lat­est in­ci­dent once again shows that the sta­tus quo, based on the con­tin­u­a­tion of the il­le­gal pres­ence of the Ar­me­nian Armed Forces in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan and the oc­cu­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries, is inad­mis­si­ble and con­tin­ues to be a se­ri­ous threat to re­gional peace and se­cu­rity,” Ha­jiyev said.

He added that to change the sta­tus quo, Ar­me­nia must with­draw its troops from the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan.

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 NagornoKarabakh and sur­round­ing re­gions.

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