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.

German parliamentarian: Military attacks to civilian population are very grave

German parliamentarian: Military attacks to civilian population are very grave

01.05.2016

The current military provocations unfortunately hinder the efforts of the Federal Republic to support peace in the region and to protect the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Mr. Helmut Nowak, a Member of the German Bundestag from the CDU/CSU coalition party said in response to The European Azerbaijan Society’s inquiry,APA reported.

As the current chair of the OSCE, the Federal Republic of Germany has announced that it will engage more in the solution of “frozen conflicts“. 

“Unilateral aggressions in this context seem to be problematic in many aspects, because they foil the goal of a general ceasefire. Germany condemns every violation of international law that is in force. In this case the military attacks to the civilian population are very grave. Unfortunately, the current military provocations unfortunately hinder the efforts of the Federal Republic to support peace in the region and to protect the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. In this case, the military attacks to the civilian population are very grave,” said the German parliamentarian. 

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 includesNagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, KalbajarAghdam,FuzuliJabrayilGubadli 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 OSCEMinsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE 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, 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, PACEOSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.