Representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in the country have visited the frontline zone in order to familiarize with the consequences of damage caused to the civilian population in the wake of the Armenian armed forces' shelling the residential areas.
The visit was organized by Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, Azertac reports.
The diplomats first visited Gapanli village in Tartar region, where Head of the Tartar Region Executive Authority Mustagim Mammadov informed the delegation about the difficulties the peaceful population faced during the recent skirmishes on the frontline and problems caused as a result of Armenia's shelling the residential areas.
The diplomats then reviewed villager Ilgar Mammadov's house which was destroyed by an Armenian shell.
The visit of the heads of diplomatic missions and about 80 delegates, including military attaches to the frontline aims to ensure objective coverage of the current situation along the line of contact.
Long-simmering tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared again on April 2 when the Armenian side began to shell the Azerbaijani positions and settlements along the frontline. To protect civilian population, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces launched counter attacks and repulsed the enemy forces back. On April 5, the two sides agreed on a ceasefire.
The hostilities in the contact line of troops renewed on April 24 as a result of the Armenian provocation. Despite the Russia-brokered agreement achieved on April 5, Armenia violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan by shelling its positions and civilians using prohibited weapons.
Baku has repeatedly called on Armenia to abstain from violence, but Yerevan keeps ignoring all the appeals.
Azerbaijan’s State Commission on Prisoners of War has informed the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) of these acts that are contrary to the norms of international law and rules of war, and urged on the Armenian side to avoid atrocities against civilians.
Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding districts from Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly 1 million were displaced as a result of the war. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the occupied territories.
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