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.

MEPs urge Armenia to forget about unjustified political claims

MEPs urge Armenia to forget about unjustified political claims

06.07.2017

Trend:

Rachida Dati, a member of the European Parliament (MEP) from France, Ivo Vajgl, MEP from Slovenia, and Iveta Grigule, MEP from Latvia, in their joint statement expressed support for Azerbaijan regarding the recent Armenian provocation on the contact line between the two countries’ troops.

“After the military provocation from Armenia in the village of Alkhanly in the district of Fuzuli, in Azerbaijan, two civilians have been killed,” the MEPs said in the statement published in their special press release obtained by Trend.

“We would like to convey our sincere condolences to their families and to express our full support to the Azerbaijani people,” the MEPs noted.

The lives are being broken and the inhumanity needs to stop, said the statement.

“In the resolution of conflicts, only the respect of international law should prevail,” the MEPs said. “Violence will never be a solution.”

While the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group have asked both parties to stop their military actions, the MEPs need to ask the OSCE for a clearer commitment in the protection of civilians and in the respect of Azerbaijan territorial integrity, according to the statement.

“As European political personalities, we should also ask Armenia to stop as soon as possible the civilian hostage-taking, as it is illegal and a symbol of cowardice, for political claims that are both unjustified and illegitimate,” the statement said.

On July 4 at about 20:40 (GMT+4 hours), the Armenian armed forces, using 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and grenade launchers, shelled the Alkhanly village of Azerbaijan’s Fuzuli district.

As a result of this provocation, the residents of the village Sahiba Allahverdiyeva, 50, and Zahra Guliyeva, 2, were killed. Salminaz Guliyeva, 52, who got wounded, was taken to the hospital and was operated on.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.