Azerbaijani MoD releases another statement on Elnur Huseynzade

# 08:34
2 February 2017

The Armenian side is trying to put on a show by spreading information alleging that the Azerbaijani armed forces committed a provocation on the front line on Feb. 1, and as a result of this Azerbaijani soldier Elnur Huseynzade was taken captive, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement to APA.


“Most likely to create a false impression that Elnur Huseynzade is a soldier, Armenians can spread the photos and videos in which he is reflected in uniform and even with weapons while being taken captive,” the Azerbaijani ministry said. “It should be noted that military uniforms can be purchased in a variety of specialized stores.”  


The Defense Ministry calls on media representatives and social network users do not succumb to inventions of Armenian provocateurs and reiterates that Elnur Huseynzade was discharged from the Azerbaijani Armed Forces a while ago, and he is not currently serving in the army.


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.