Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces are fully adhering to ceasefire and are complying with humanitarian norms and principles of international law. They do not target Armenian civilians and facilities.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry made the statement on July 22 while answering reports of Armenian media outlets.
“Aiming to divert the attention of its population and international community from the ongoing clashes in Armenia, that country’s authorities have once again spread false information saying that allegedly Azerbaijani armed forces broke the ceasefire and fired at the Armenian civilians,” the ministry said.
The Ministry is sure that the Armenian authorities, through spreading such information, seek to exacerbate the situation along the line of contact and justify their planned provocations beforehand.
Azerbaijan and Armenia for over two decades have been locked in conflict, which emerged over Armenian territorial claims. Since the 1990s war, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal, but they have not been enforced to this day.
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