The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of escalating tensions on contact line

Azerbaijan accuses Armenia of escalating tensions on contact line


Armenia’s criminal military and political leadership bears responsibility for the escalation of tensions on the contact line of Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov said, the defense ministry told APA.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the delegation led by Günther Bächler, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for the South Caucasus, in Baku March 18.

Armenia’s criminal and terrorist leadership carried out state-level genocide against Azerbaijani civilians, Hasanov stressed.

The Azerbaijani minister also talked to the guests about the military and political situation in the region, Armenia’s occupation of Azerbaijani lands, problems of the refugees and IDPs as well as the fact that efforts made by international organizations to settle the conflict have proved unsuccessful.

The only way to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh in line with the principles and norms of international law is the withdrawal of the occupying Armenian forces from Azerbaijan’s territories, according to the minister.  

Günther Bächler, in his turn, expressed gratitude to the Azerbaijani minister for providing detailed information, speaking about the priorities of the German OSCE Chairmanship. He added that special attention is paid to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which threatens peace and stability in the region.  

In addition, the sides discussed the prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and OSCE, as well as several issues of mutual interest.