MFA: We call on Armenia to stop provocative military activities against Azerbaijan
- 09 January 2021
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan (MFA) considers the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia dated January 9, 2021, absolutely unfounded and rejects the allegations contained in it, the press service of the Foreign Ministry told APA.
The statement reads: "We remind you that as a result of a joint operation carried out by the State Security Service and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan, an Armenian terrorist and sabotage group of 62 people was detained and transferred to the investigation, purposefully deployed by Armenia in the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan liberated from occupation.
All the detainees were called up from the Shirak region of Armenia for military service in the armed forces of Armenia and were placed in these territories with the aim of committing sabotage and terrorist acts on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan against the military personnel of the armed forces and the civilian population of Azerbaijan.
During the investigation, it was established that members of the Armenian terrorist and sabotage group were sent to the territory of Azerbaijan on November 26, 2020, that is, after the ceasefire regime entered into force, achieved by a trilateral statement signed by the Presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation and the Prime Minister of Armenia.
This group committed terrorist acts against the servicemen and civilians of Azerbaijan, as a result of which servicemen of the armed forces of Azerbaijan and civilians were killed and injured.
The members of the aforementioned sabotage group were sent to the territory of Azerbaijan for the purpose of carrying out sabotage and terrorist activities after the establishment of the ceasefire, in accordance with international humanitarian law, these persons are not considered prisoners of war and are responsible in accordance with the criminal legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
This deliberate provocative activity of the Armenian side is a gross violation of international law, international humanitarian law and the tripartite statement, and also clearly demonstrates the continuation of this country's aggressive policy directed against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Republic of Azerbaijan is responsible for its obligations established by international law and arising from the trilateral statement signed on November 10, and fully fulfills these obligations. Azerbaijan calls on Armenia to fulfill its obligations established by the trilateral statement, observe the ceasefire regime, and stop provocative military activities against Azerbaijan."