Armenian reports on Azerbaijani army’s losses – untrue: Defense Ministry

Armenian reports on Azerbaijani army’s losses – untrue: Defense Ministry
# 02 February 2017 07:09 (UTC +04:00)

Armenian reports alleging that the units of the Azerbaijani armed forces committed a provocation on the front line and suffered losses on Feb. 1 are untrue, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement on Feb. 2.


The ministry further stated that no active clashes occurred on the frontline.


As for Elnur Huseynzade, mentioned in Armenian reports, the Defense Ministry noted that he had been discharged from the Azerbaijani Armed Forces a while ago for regular violation of military discipline and failure of service, 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.