Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan will avenge child victims of Armenian armed provocations
- 20 November 2017
The blood of innocent Azerbaijani children killed as a result of Armenian armed provocations will be avenged, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in a message addressed to participants of the 4th National Children's Forum, APA reported.
“Our state has mobilized its forces for the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons and their children whose rights were grossly violated as a result of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” reads the message.
“I’m confident that the blood of our innocent children killed as a result of enemy provocations will be avenged, and the Armenian aggression will be stopped. Azerbaijan’s just cause will triumph and justice will be restored,” said Ilham Aliyev.
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.