Azerbaijanâ€™s ruling party urges intâ€™l organizations to strongly condemn Armenian military aggression against civilians
- 06 July 2017
Azerbaijan’s ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) has urged international organizations to strongly condemn the killing of toddler Zahra Guliyeva and his grandmother Sahiba Guliyeva as a result of shelling of the Alkhanli village of Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli district by Armenian armed forces on July 4.
“The latest inhuman actions once again proved that Armenian terrorists are murderers of children,” the ruling party said in an appeal addressed to relevant international organizations, APA reported.
This incident also underscored the need to change the status quo which emerged as a result of Armenia’s aggressive policy, the appeal reads.
The party stated that concerned international organizations, especially the OSCE Minsk Group, which is responsible for resolving the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, should voice an unbiased attitude to this crime and take resolute steps in relation to Armenia, the aggressor.
The Armenian government’s attempts to escalate the situation necessitate the immediate execution of the UN Security Council resolutions on the conflict, says the appeal.
“We call on the international community, all international organizations, those countries that have a leading political role worldwide, as well as political organizations and parties, to make their own contributions to the efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and make efforts to put an end to this bloody conflict in the region,” the appeal reads.
On July 4 at about 20:40 (GMT+4 hours), the Armenian armed forces again violated ceasefire and, using 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and grenade launchers, shelled Azerbaijani positions and territories where the civilian population lives, namely the Alkhanli village of the country’s Fuzuli district, thereby grossly violating the requirements of international law, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said earlier.
As a result of this provocation, the residents of the village Sahiba Guliyeva, 50, and Zakhra Guliyeva, 2, were killed. Sarvinaz Guliyeva, 52, was injured.
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 December 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.