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.

Armenia must understand that occupation of Azerbaijani lands is temporary: Hajiyev

Armenia must understand that occupation of Azerbaijani lands is temporary: Hajiyev




Armenia has to understand that occupation of Azerbaijan’s lands, including Kalbajar district is temporary, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s Spokesman Hikmat Hajiyev said April 2 in a statement on the occupation of the country’s Kalbajar district and the April escalation of 2016.

“As part of war unleashed by Armenia against Azerbaijan and Armenia’s systematic policy of aggression and occupation against Azerbaijan, on April 2, 1993, Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan was occupied by armed forces of Armenia,” reads the statement.

“Kalbajar is located beyond administrative boundaries of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and offensive operation to occupy Kalbajar was mainly carried out from the territory of Armenia using heavy weaponry, Mi-24 helicopter gunships and advanced fixed-wing aircraft.”

As a result of occupation, around 60,000 people in Kalbajar were subjected to ethnic cleansing and were expelled from their native lands, 511 innocent civilians were killed, 321 people were taken hostage or are missing, Hajiyev said.


Presently, more than 70,000 Kalbajar residents are living in many different districts of Azerbaijan as internally displaced people (IDP), he added.

“Private property of Kalbajar inhabitants were plundered and destroyed,” he said. “Along with that, center of Kalbajar region, around 150 villages, dozens of historical-cultural monuments, one museum, Istisu sanatorium, more than 110 libraries, around 100 schools, 9 kindergartens and hospitals were razed to the ground by the armed forces of Armenia,” the statement said. “Serious damage was inflicted to rich historical-cultural heritage of Kalbajar.”

“The Museum of History in the Kalbajar district with its unique collection of ancient coins, ancient cemetery, Albanian cloister and churches in Vang village, Lech castle, Ulukhan castle, Galaboynu castle, Mosques in Kalbajar district and in villages, Taglidash bridge, Ashig Shamshir Culture House, and other historical monuments were destroyed by the armed forces of Armenia,” the statement noted.

“The original architectural features of the Ganjasar and Khudavank cloisters in Kalbajar region, belonging to the ancient Albanian Christian heritage of Azerbaijan and having no connection with the Armenian Church, were changed to incorporate them into the Armenian Church,” Hajiyev noted.

“Predatory exploitation of natural mineral resources of Kalbajar is also being carried out,” he said. “Base Metals CJSC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Armenia's Vallex Group CJSC, registered in Liechtenstein, since 2002 has been exploiting Gyzylbulag underground copper-gold mine near Heyvaly village in the occupied Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan. Predatory exploitation of that mine led to its almost complete depletion.”

Since 2007, GPM Gold, a subsidiary of GeoProMining Ltd., has been extracting ore in Soyudlu gold mine in the occupied Kalbajar district, he added.

“The construction of the Vardenis-Aghdara highway through the occupied Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan, is directly linked to gaining access to the areas in the occupied territories rich in natural resources and to facilitate exporting goods and minerals out of the occupied territories to Armenia and international markets,” the statement said.

As a result of predatory and illegal exploitation of mineral resources of Kalbajar serious damage has been inflicted on the environment, Hikmat Hajiyev said.

“Without due diligence imports of minerals, including gold extracted from the occupied Kalbajar and other districts of Azerbaijan by some western countries are matter of serious concern,” he noted.

“By blatantly violating the international humanitarian law, Armenia transfers settlers and conducts demographic change in occupied Kalbajar region as it was also confirmed by OSCE fact-finding mission,” the statement said.

“Following the statement of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) president on April 6, 1993, UNSC adopted resolution of 822 (1993) with regard to the occupation of Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan,” Hajiyev said. “UN Security Council Resolution 822 reaffirmed the principle of “the inadmissibility of the use of force for the acquisition of territory” and demanded immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces from the Kalbajar district and other occupied lands of Azerbaijan.”

“Following the adoption of Security Council resolution 822 (1993), the CSCE Minsk Group, composed of nine countries, worked out the “timetable of urgent steps” to implement the resolution,” he added. “Instead of withdrawing its armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as demanded by the UNSC resolution, Armenia on the contrary continued to occupy Agdam, Jabrayil, Gubadly, Fizuli and Zangilan districts of Azerbaijan in 1993.”

In his report to the president of the Security Council, dated July 27, 1993, chairman of the CSCE Minsk Conference, Mario Raffaelli, emphasized that the Armenian side had disregarded Security Council demands, launched an attack, seized new territories in Azerbaijan and challenged the mediation efforts towards a settlement, Hajiyev noted.

“Along with the resolution 822, UNSC adopted resolutions 853 (1993), 874 (1993) and 884 (1993), and demanded immediate, unconditional and full withdrawal of occupying forces from all seized lands of Azerbaijan,” he said. “However, Armenia until now continues to disregard the implementation of the UNSC resolution demands.”

Escalation of the situation and attack of densely populated Azerbaijani settlements with heavy weapons along the line of contact by armed forces of Armenia on April 2, 2016 once again demonstrated that Armenia’s continuing occupation of Azerbaijani lands and the illegal presence of armed forces of Armenia in the seized lands of Azerbaijan remain a major threat to regional peace and security, according to the statement.

“In response to the attacks of Armenia, the armed forces of Azerbaijan have taken counter measures, which resulted in providing security of Azerbaijani civilians and liberation of strategically important lands of Azerbaijan from occupation,” reads the statement.

The only way to achieve a durable and lasting settlement is to ensure the unconditional and complete withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, to exercise the forcibly displaced population's inalienable right to return, he added.

“Armenian side, instead of wasting time and misleading its own people and the international community, must cease its policy of annexation and ethnic cleansing and comply with its international obligations and to engage constructively in the conflict settlement process,” Hajiyev said. “All responsibility falls on Armenian side for the maintenance of status quo of occupation.”