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Baku calls for int'l legal responsibility of Armenian crimes against Azerbaijan

17 November 2021 10:30 (UTC+04:00)
Baku calls for int'l legal responsibility of Armenian crimes against Azerbaijan

By Ayya Lmahamad

Azerbaijani Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) Sabina Aliyeva has called on international organizations and the world community to bring Armenian military and political leadership to international legal responsibility.

Aliyeva made the remarks in a statement protesting against the killing and wounding of Azerbaijani servicemen as a result of another military provocation launched by Armenia against Azerbaijan.

“Addressing international organizations and the world community, we demand the Armenian military and political leadership, which is trying to re-occupy the internationally recognized territories of Azerbaijan, seriously impedes the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the region, prevents the repatriation of IDPs to their homeland, and grossly violates fundamental human rights and freedoms be brought to international legal responsibility,” the statement reads.

She stressed that on November 16, as a result of a large-scale military provocation launched by the Armenian side on the state border of Azerbaijan, seven servicemen of the Azerbaijani Army were killed and 10 were injured.

The ombudsman emphasized that the killing and wounding of the servicemen as a result of the intensive attack by the Armenian side is considered as a deliberate violation of general principles and norms of international law.

“We consider the killing and wounding of our servicemen as a result of the intensive attack at our combat posts by the Armenian side with the use of firearms of various calibers, including grenades, mortars, and artillery as a deliberate violation of general principles and norms of international law recognized by all, and the terms of the Tripartite Statement concluded between the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia on November 10, 2020, and strongly condemn it,” she said.

Aliyeva underlined that the fact that Armenia’s next act of aggression against Azerbaijan coincides with International Day for Tolerance [which calls on everyone in the world to show tolerance and live as good neighbors] proves once again that Armenia does not want to live in good neighborliness with other countries and peoples.

She stated that Armenia’s resumption of offensive operations to re-occupy the lands belonging to Azerbaijan is clear evidence of the country’s intolerant image of disrespect for obligations stemming from international agreements and common values.

“Enjoying a prevailing environment of impunity, the Armenian military-political leadership, which still does not want to give up its aggressive policy launched recent provocative actions, which are aimed at aggravating the situation on the state border of Azerbaijan, have led to new conflict hotbeds in the region and the violation of human rights and freedoms,” she noted.

The Azerbaijan-Armenia border tension has been observed since November 13, 2021, when several Azerbaijani servicemen were wounded in the attack committed by members of illegal Armenian armed formations near Shusha city on the Azerbaijani territory currently under Russian peacekeepers' temporary control.

The Azerbaijani army positions in liberated Kalbajar and Lachin regions have been under Armenian fire since the evening of November 13.

Seven Azerbaijani servicemen were killed and 10 were wounded during military operations after Armenia's provocations on the state border on November 16.

On November 17, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry reported that the situation on the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border has stabilized since the evening of November 16.

A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on November 10, 2020, brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it had occupied since the early 1990s.

The peace agreement stipulated the return of Azerbaijan's Armenian-occupied Kalbajar, Aghdam and Lachin regions. Before the signing of the deal, the Azerbaijani army had liberated around 300 villages, settlements, city centers, and historic Shusha city.

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Ayya Lmahamad is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad

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