The Azerbaijani armed forces timely detected and destroyed Armenia’s armored vehicles, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry APA on March 1.
Earlier, the Armenian media reported that the Azerbaijani army used SPIKE anti-tank guided missile against the Armenian armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Khojavend district.
The Azerbaijani armed forces has the right to use any modern weapons at their disposal and are fully capable of intercepting the enemy’s activities, noted the ministry.
On February 28, the Armenian armed forces tried to move forth their armored vehicles in order to strengthen their positions. The enemy’s armored vehicles were detected in a timely manner and eliminated by the Azerbaijani army.
Many of the casualties suffered by the enemy recently are foreign mercenaries of Armenian origin. As a result, Armenia purposefully conceals its casualties, said the ministry.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.